Energy: Western Isles

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 1st November 2010.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitutional Reform), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the proposed 450MW HVDC interconnector linking Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency to the national grid will be operational by the end of this year.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

holding answer 27 October 2010

Decisions on the financing of the transmission link and allocation of associated risks are for the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority in line with their statutory duties. SHETL have been in discussion with Ofgem about securing sufficient developer commitment to enable the link to go ahead and will be making an announcement on the link in the near future.

High transmission charges have been cited as a possible barrier to developers of renewable generation on the Western Isles making the necessary connection commitments to finance the transmission link. That is why I have committed to look again at the case for a transmission charge adjustment scheme under section 185 of the Energy Act 2004 for the Scottish Islands alongside Ofgem's wider review of transmission charges with their Project TransmiT.

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