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Interconnectors to Islands (Socioeconomic Benefits)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 27th May 2015.

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Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

There would be huge benefits. First, interconnectors would be able to meet up to 5 per cent of Great Britain’s electricity demand by 2030. Secondly, the development of the projects and the associated infrastructure would bring jobs and investment to the regions. Viking Energy has estimated, for example, that the direct annual income to Shetland associated with its project would be £30.8 million.

I have written to the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, to highlight the strategic importance of that workstream for Scotland and of her department’s continued participation in the Scottish island renewables delivery forum.