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Talks held over Scottish Islands renewable plans

Greg Clark
Greg Clark

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has held talks in Westminster with Energy Secretary Greg Clark to press the case for vital UK Government support for island renewables.

The SNP MP discussed the specific challenges facing island renewables with Mr Clark and minister Jesse Norman.

Mr MacNeil said: “It was a productive and interesting exploratory meeting. Both Greg Clark, secretary of state, and Jesse Norman, showed interest in aspects of renewables in the islands particularly with Mr Clark planning a visit to the islands in late February/early March to discuss the way forward and possibilities.

The UK Government is consulting on whether remote island wind projects should be subsidised in future. It is open for submissions until January 31.

Westminster has already decided to end onshore wind subsidies but is considering whether remote island projects should be treated differently.

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