Scotland’s islands are to be brought into a Â£557m support scheme for renewable energy. The Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland were previously excluded from bidding in the UK government’s Contracts for Difference auctions. Under the scheme power generators compete to secure a minimum price guarantee by offering the lowest price they can. An offshore windfarm in the Moray Firth benefited from a previous auction. The UK government’s energy minister Richard Harrington said Scotland already had a strong record in renewable energy, and opening up the scheme to remote islands would help the sector develop further.
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