‘Lis­ten to the is­lands’ on re­new­able en­ergy

The Oban Times - - News -

NA H-EILEANAN an Iar SNP MP An­gus MacNeil and MSP Alas­dair Al­lan are urg­ing the UK Gov­ern­ment to ‘lis­ten to the is­lands’ on re­new­able en­ergy.

They have both sub­mit­ted for­mal re­sponses to the gov­ern­ment’s con­sul­ta­tion on whether is­land wind projects should be el­i­gi­ble to bid for sub­si­dies.

Mr MacNeil met Sec­re­tary of State for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy (BEIS) Greg Clark MP and Jesse Nor­man MP, Par­lia­men­tary Un­der Sec­re­tary of State for BEIS ear­lier this month to give his in­put to the con­sul­ta­tion.

He and Dr Al­lan met with com­mu­nity wind en­ergy rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­fore the meet­ing to make sure the views of all is­land-based groups were rep­re­sented. The Scot­tish gov­ern­ment has also sub­mit­ted a de­tailed re­sponse in sup­port of re­mote is­land wind projects.

Mr MacNeil said: ‘There is a strong view from the is­land en­ergy sec­tor that sup­port from the UK gov­ern­ment is cru­cial as the way for­ward.

‘This is a chance for the UK gov­ern­ment to make a real dif­fer­ence to is­land com­mu­ni­ties while at the same time reap­ing the ben­e­fits for the UK econ­omy. The is­lands have the best wind re­source in Europe and supporting non-main­land on­shore wind through the Con­tract for Dif­fer­ence scheme of­fers the best value for money op­tion for the UK gov­ern­ment.’

Dr Al­lan said: ‘There has been wide­spread sup­port for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of is­land re­new­ables from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, lo­cal par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, de­vel­op­ers and, most cru­cially, com­mu­ni­ties. The UK gov­ern­ment must now lis­ten to rea­son and al­low the is­land re­new­able sec­tor the sup­port it de­serves.’

Alas­dair Al­lan MSP and An­gus MacNeil MP visit a wind en­ergy pro­ject in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.

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