Higher subsidy proposed for Scottish wind

The government wants to reward the development of large-scale renewable energy projects on Scottish islands, as this is more cost effective than support for offshore wind

Onshore wind projects on the Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles will receive higher subsidies than those on mainland, under new DECC proposals

Extra support is needed because the costs of building onshore wind farms on remote islands, and then exporting their electricity output to the mainland, is more expensive than installing onshore wind generating capacity elsewhere in the UK.

DECC is consulting on a higher onshore wind strike price of £115 per megawatt hour for Scottish islands compared with the standard £95-100/MWh strike price proposed for onshore wind (ENDS Report 462, p6).1 The department predicts the change will lead to an extra 400MW of generating capacity being built on Scottish islands.

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