Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has received confirmation from Richard Harrington MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that the UK government has formally applied to the European Commission for state aid clearance for island renewables.

Mr MacNeil has continually maintained pressure on the UK government to support island renewables.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:

“When I met with Richard Harrington MP in July he expressed his commitment to progressing island Contract for Difference (CfD).  I have maintained discussions with Mr Harrington to ensure that the case for island renewables is submitted to the European Commission and I am very pleased to have now received confirmation that this has been done.

“This is an important first stage for island renewables and is what I have been pressing for.  This development keeps us on course for the auction in the first quarter of 2019, which is what is important for the development of islands renewables.”