Brian Wilson: The 20-year campaign to utilise the renewable energy assets of Shetland and the Western Isles to benefit the entire UK may be approaching end-game with outcomes still wide open. Ofgem “is minded to approve” investment in a 600-megawatt interconnector between Shetland and Caithness. At the same time, it is concerned the same capacity for the Western Isles would “risk consumers paying for a significantly under-utilised link”. So Ofgem will consider “either a 450MW or 600MW transmission link depending on any revised proposals”. This means there is time to make an evidence-based case via a consultation process. The disparity of treatment has disappointed the local authority and other interests in the Western Isles, and particularly Lewis, who have fought long and hard for a positive signal from Ofgem.
Energy Voice 5th April 2019 read more »