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The update report provides a summary of the responses to the UK Government’s consultation on additional support for Scottish islands renewables projects; and updates stakeholders and interested parties on how the UK and Scottish Governments, working with the island communities are taking forward the broader issues raised in the independent study.
Xero Energy Report - 28 April 2014
When we announced strike prices for Scottish islands onshore wind projects in December 2013, we explained that we had commissioned a further study to assess grid access barriers. This is part of a collaborative effort between DECC and the Scottish Government to support the development of renewable energy projects on the Scottish islands and deliver jobs, investment and wider community benefits.
We are now publishing the report, prepared by independent consultants Xero Energy, which highlights a series of issues and potential actions to help deliver electricity grid connections necessary to unlock the huge renewable energy potential of the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Islands. With the Scottish Government and the advice of the Scottish Islands Renewables Steering Group, we will consider how best to take forward work on these issues.
This consultation takes forward the commitment in the Consultation on the draft Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan (July 2013) to consider how to provide additional support for renewables projects located on islands where these have clearly distinct characteristics to typical mainland projects.
DECC is seeking views on proposals to provide additional support for onshore wind located on islands comprising the local government areas of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council, and Shetland Islands Council in the form of a higher strike price than for other onshore wind projects elsewhere in the UK.
Responses to the Consultation
DECC is seeking input from as wide a range of interested parties as possible and the consultation includes a series of broad questions to help shape contributions from interested parties. The government response will form part of the final EMR Delivery Plan.