Following the publication by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) of detailed budgets for the next auction round of Contracts for Difference (CfD), Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:
“For the UK to meet its renewables and climate change targets, it is essential that we harness the renewable energy potential of our islands. This can also unlock job and wealth creation opportunities in communities such as Orkney.
“It is deeply frustrating, therefore, that the UK Tory Government has stalled on allowing island developers to compete for the funding and long term contracts that recognise the unique onshore technology on our islands. The lack of a ring fence for tidal and wave developments is also a concern, not least for ensuring the necessary technology mix in our energy system.
“Liberal Democrat Ministers in the previous coalition made important strides in supporting marine and wider renewables. This is being systematically dismantled by Tory Ministers now left to their own devices.”