The UK Government’s “indecision” over major funding choices is holding back renewable energy projects worth a total of £1.3 billion, according to the Scottish Government.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, three of his fellow ministers and the leaders of three Scottish island local authorities have written to UK Business Secretary Greg Clark.

They have expressed concern about support for projects on the Scottish islands.

They point to delays in announcing which technologies will be able to bid for support in the next round of auctions.

‘Shovel ready’

Swinney said: “In the wake of the European Union referendum, the UK can ill afford to miss the opportunity to unlock £1.3bn of investments offered by the shovel ready anchor projects on the Western Isles and Shetland and the associated benefits for the UK-wide supply chain.

“We urge that this period of uncertainty is brought to a swift conclusion and that the strong economic case for Remote Island Wind, developed in partnership between the UK Government and the wider Scottish Islands Delivery Forum membership, is duly acknowledged in a decision that allows island projects to compete in the next allocation round.

“We would urge the new Secretary of State to take immediate action to ensure that the UK Government re-engages with this process and delivers on the commitments to harness the renewables potential of the islands.”

> See the Scottish Government's statement