The governments of the UK and Scotland have given fresh impetus to renewable energy developments in Shetland following a meeting of the Scottish Island Delivery Forum, The Shetland Times has reported.
The event in Edinburgh was chaired jointly by secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey and Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing on Thursday (15 January).
They said their governments reaffirmed their continued support of the joint endeavour towards delivering the huge renewable energy potential of the Scottish islands.
Mr Davey said Westminster would bring forward the setting of the minimum “strike” price from next year to July this year.
Westminster will apply to the EU for state aid approval to allow a lower strike price for the isles to be introduced as soon as possible, allowing the Viking wind farm and other island-based renewable projects to progress to the next stage of putting together an investment package.
In addition, agreement was reached between the two governments to continue joint efforts to progress a research and development funding proposal to secure future grid access for marine technologies on Orkney.