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The leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor Roddie Mackay, recently met Scotland Officer minister Lord Duncan to discuss a number of issues, including island renewables.
Speaking after the meeting Councillor Mackay said: ‘The meeting with Lord Duncan was very positive. We discussed the future of island renewables and I was heartened by the government’s clear commitment to support the Scottish islands.
‘Lord Duncan outlined a timetable that should allow islands projects to complete in a Contracts for Difference Auction in early 2019 as well as confirming that the government was committed to supporting and funding the interconnector.
‘Lord Duncan was clear that the comhairle’s approach to achieving the interconnector was the correct one and he advised that we keep working with the government and with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to reinforce the positive case we were making.
‘Based on Lord Duncan’s advice, the comhairle will continue to engage with government, regulators and the developer community to ensure that the recent positive progress is maintained.’