Easter Ross tidal energy project already making waves in Japan could unlock hundreds of jobs with right support; Simec Atlantis MeyGen scheme floated as worthy of UK Government support by Easter Ross councillor. Highland Council will lobby the UK government to back a scheme which has already seen global interest in massive turbines assembled at the Nigg yard in Easter Ross. Efforts to efficiently harness an endless supply of renewable energy from the sea have already delivered jobs in Easter Ross and the far north through the Simec Atlantis-operated MeyGen, which has also shipped a turbine to Japan. For MeyGen to produce at scale, the company is seeking changes from the government on the next round of so-called Contracts for Difference auctions, which support low-carbon electricity generation by making investment more attractive and protecting developers from volatile wholesale prices. That would give companies with world-leading technology an incentive to drive down cost by ramping up production.
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