A report has highlighted the action needed to help deliver grid connections that can unlock the huge renewables potential of Scotland's islands
The study, prepared by independent consultant Xero
Energy, was commissioned by the Scottish and UK
governments. It is part of collaborative efforts to support
renewables projects on the Western Isles, Orkney and the Shetlands, and to deliver jobs,
investment and wider community benefits.
The key findings include issues relating to certainty for developers about the longevity of the support for grid
developments; the stability of grid charges; loan guarantees; research funding
for connections for marine technologies; and continuation of the
inter-governmental island steering group.
The two governments recognise the significant
contribution renewables generation on the islands could make to Scotland’s
and the UK’s 2020 targets and their longer-term
The report’s findings will be considered by the
inter-governmental Scottish Islands Renewables Group.
“The three island groups share significant challenges
in getting grid connections off the drawing board in time to access support
within the time frame of the first Electricity Market Reform delivery, due to
long lead times and high costs for subsea connections – typically upwards of
four years to achieve approval and build,” says Scottish energy minister Fergus
“The findings from this report will help us deal with