Wind lifeline? Government unveils plan to include ‘remote islands’ wind in CfD auctions. The government has today thrown a lifeline to the UK’s onshore wind industry, setting out new plans to allow projects on remote UK islands to gain subsidy support under the Contracts for Difference scheme. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) proposes to classify ‘remote islands’ onshore wind as a new technology that can compete in future subsidy auctions for “less established” technologies – a category that also includes wave, tidal and offshore wind power. According to government research wind projects on Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland could supply around three per cent of the UK’s total electricity demand. The news follows comments from Climate Change Minister Claire Perry, who has repeatedly suggested onshore wind is “absolutely a part of the future” energy mix, despite her party’s previous manifesto commitments to block the development of large farms across much of the UK.
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Boost to remote island wind projects as consultation launched.
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