Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today led a group of 36 cross-party MPs writing to the Prime Minister to call for a “ring-fenced pot” in the upcoming Contract for Difference power generation auctions in order to support the development of tidal stream energy. MPs from the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives, Labour and the SNP, as well as the Greens and Plaid Cymru, joined the call to change course ahead of a deadline at the end of this month.
The auctions are part of the government’s fiscal policies to support the commercialisation of green energy technologies such as offshore wind, and yet despite the UK’s world-leading position in tidal stream energy development, including in both Orkney and Shetland, these technologies are not currently included in the government’s draft framework for the next auction, which is to be finalised at the end of November.
Commenting on the letter, Mr Carmichael said:
“I am glad that 36 MPs from across Parliament have joined forces to call for greater support for tidal stream generation. The Prime Minister suggested earlier this week that he would look again at putting proper support behind tidal stream – today’s letter shows that this is an issue which unites communities across the country and across ideological divides.
“We have a leading role in marine renewables in the UK and particularly in the isles. In the month of Cop26 we have the chance to build on that lead and invest in the green technologies of the future. This commitment is an easy win and will benefit both our economy and our environment. Now is the time to take the next step.”