Scotland’s islands could meet 5% of the Great Britain’s electricity demand by 2030, according to a report.

The study – which was commissioned by the Scottish Government and compiled by management consultancy firm Baringa – said that the economic benefit from renewable energy to the Orkney, Shetland and Western isles over the next 25 years could be up to £725 million.

Up to 2,000 jobs could be created during peak construction phases.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and the leaders of the three island councils have written to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd to speed-up grid connections for the islands so they can harness wind, wave and tidal power.

Best in Europe

Ewing said: “This report confirms the potential of the vast renewable resources of our islands.
“They are arguably the best places in Europe to deliver renewable energy.
“The wind speeds are the strongest and they have the best potential for wave and tidal energy in the future.”

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