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EU to look into UK's transmission charges in remote areas

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EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs is to look into the UK's transmission charges, which penalise renewable generators in remote areas. Under a new system of grid charges, renewable energy generators -- mostly wind -- in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland where winds are strong are charged more to transmit their power through the grid than generators in other parts of the country. Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, wrote to the Energy Commissioner pointing out that the UK's approach conflicted with an EU directive which states that access charges must not penalise "renewable energy sources produced in peripheral regions." Piebalgs has apparently undertaken to contact the UK authorities to seek clarification on the issue. "The government has said that they will cap charges for access to the grid from renewable generators in the isles," says Carmichael. "However, it would be far better if we had a fair charging regime rather than trying to devise a temporary fix."

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