£53k for Islay Energy Trust for communities’ guide on developing marine energy projects

The Scottish Government has authorised a Community and Renewable Energy Scheme [CARES] grant of £53,150 to the Islay Energy Trust [IET}.

The funding is given to support IET in carrying out a feasibility study for its Tidal Energy Project, which will include the production of a generic guide for communities developing marine energy projects.

The work is to be completed by 31st March and the report published soon after that.

Local MSP, Michael Russell, has welcomed the news, saying: ‘This is an important first rung on the development ladder, and hopefully it will enable IET to obtain a Crown Estate Agreement for Lease, and help to unlock funding for future development work.

‘This is good news, particularly for IET, Islay, and Argyll (and Scotland).’

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8 Responses to £53k for Islay Energy Trust for communities’ guide on developing marine energy projects

  1. Presumably this isn’t the project off Port Askaig, being proposed by Scottish Power Renewables in partnership with Islay Energy Trust, and which received Marine Scotland consent back in March 2011, is it?
    Why would it need a feasibility study at this late stage – or is the £53,150 simply the IET’s share of the cost of doing business with the Crown Estate?

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    • Great advice, TTT, but I wouldn’t have commented unless I had ‘read the article in full’ – and it’s the reference to a feasibility study that’s puzzling me – maybe the wording is being a bit economical, and the ‘feasibility study’ is not related to the project itself but to guidance on how to conduct one.

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      • Pardon me too if I appear to be cynical, but is this £53,000 grant “to support” a feasibility study, or do we mean “to conduct” one? And work to be completed in only two months?

        £26k per month should be buying the equivalent of three senior, experienced, professional engineers, expert in the subject and able to assimilate the project immediately, fully costed to include all overheads and admin support. What are we actually buying?

        Spending this sort of money is not very easy. Spending money efficiently is not easy at all. Spending money extremely quickly and efficiently is almost impossible.

        It’s the spend rate that does it for me. Is this, by any chance, a retrospective grant for completed work, previously subvented by other sources or, perhaps, work already conducted and now to be funded in arrears? Such things can happen when government departments are paymasters. Sometimes they can even be justified. That “support” word does not bolster my confidence.

        I’ll be interested to see the report.

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  2. The sooner we all vote “yes” and then free ourselves of the “crown estates” the better. “Now is the winter of our discontent” – lets do something about it!

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