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Viking hails island bonus

Shetland developer welcomes DECC proposals for special CfD treatment

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Viking Energy has welcomed UK government proposals that could lead to island wind farm projects receiving special treatment under the contracts for difference regime.

The Shetland developer - a partnership between the Viking community energy company and SSE - said it was "encouraged by the launch of the consulation" which showed that "both the UK and Scottish governments are fully committed to getting the islands connected".

Viking said: "The UK government is proposing a further incentive for Scottish island wind power projects because their success could cut costs for the renewables industry and help it diversify."

The DECC consultation, released last week, outlines a different path to market for wind in the Northern and Western Isles that will not require competitive bidding with mainland projects.

Viking said development of its 370MW project is ongoing with National Grid last week holding "constructive talks on the interconnector link to the Scottish mainland".

Image: Shetland wind farms will receive special treatment under DECC proposals (Nova)

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