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4 April 2012
Embargo: For Immediate Release

SCDI WELCOMES CONSENT FOR VIKING WIND FARM                                                                                     

Consent for Viking Wind Farm can be the foundation of a new industry for Shetland, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) said today, but it is essential that an ongoing review by Ofgem reduces electricity transmission charges from the Scottish islands and enables investment in sub-sea interconnectors.

Fraser Grieve, SCDI Highlands and Islands Manager, said:

“Shetland is a prime location for an onshore wind farm, with a number of the most productive turbines anywhere in the world and very short carbon payback on projects. The Viking Wind Farm will make a large contribution to renewable energy generation in Scotland. As importantly, it justifies the case for a sub-sea interconnector which, in due course, will enable opportunities in offshore wind, wave and tidal electricity generation, creating skills and a supply chain on which they can capitalise.

"To realise this potential and opportunity, the Scottish islands need a practical and timely solution to the disadvantage they face with very high transmission charges.

"Reinvestment of the income generated by the Viking Wind Farm represents a unique opportunity to diversify Shetland's economy - one that must not be missed."


Note to editors

SCDI is Scotland's leading independent economic development organisation
representing 1,200 companies, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, trade unions and
faith groups.

For further information, please contact Gareth Williams, Head of Policy on 07917 103 997.


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