Reacting to the news of a delay in Ofgem’s Project Transmit project on the price renewable energy generators pay to feed into the grid, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“This is a further frustration for renewables on the key issue of transmission charges. Ofgem had produced helpful proposals which would have given certainty to companies and communities planning renewable energy projects in Scotland, including special rates in the islands. Today’s delay in making a decision adds to very mixed messages from the UK Government on whether they want clean energy from renewables or dirty energy from gas and nuclear.”

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Notes to Editors

1. Friends of the Earth Scotland is:

* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation

* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland

* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups – covering every continent.

www.foe-scotland.org.uk