Potential wind power schemes in Shetland received a boost on Friday with the announcement of a new consultation on less established renewable technologies. Remote island projects will be able to apply for a “Contract for Difference” (CfD) in the next competitive auction (subject to state aid approval). Wind projects in places such as Shetland obviously have great potential due to the strong winds and the opportunity to bring employment and benefit local supply chains. However, they also face higher costs due to their location and transmission requirements, which set them apart from onshore projects elsewhere in Britain. The UK government announced up to £557 million for future auctions in its Clean Growth Strategy and intends for these changes to be implemented, so that island wind projects can compete in the next auction, planned for the spring of 2019. The consultation will also seek views on how island communities can benefit from these projects. According to the government its last auction proved the benefits of its competitive approach and saw the cost of new offshore wind fall by as much as 50 per cent.
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