Scots to hold island RE summit

Energy minister Fergus Ewing says CfD is a

Energy minister Fergus Ewing says CfD is a "missed opportunity"

Early next year Scotland will convene a high-level summit between the UK government and the trio of councils governing the Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles, after recent decisions left the prospects for island renewables looking dim.

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing describes as a “missed opportunity” the recent update to the UK’s Contract for Difference (CfD) scheme, which confirmed a previous proposal to offer onshore wind farms on Scotland’s islands £115 ($188) per MWh from 2017/18.

While that is nearly 30% more than the £90/MWh that will be offered to onshore wind farms on mainland Great Britain from that same year, Ewing says the Scottish government had expected “different strike-price arrangements” for each of the islands, reflecting their different circumstances.

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