Na h-Eileanan an Iar parliamentarians Alasdair Allan MSP an Angus MacNeil MP have welcomed today’s announcement that the UK and Scottish Government will shortly appoint consultants to look at the renewable energy potential of the islands.

This follows widespread concern that Scotland’s islands face higher transmission charges for renewable projects than anywhere else in the country.

The consultants will review and analyse the business case, economics and cost effectiveness to consumers across the UK of deployment of renewables on the Scottish Islands.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan said:

“If renewables projects in the Western Isles are to be fully viable, then we need a more level playing field in terms of the transmission charges which they face.

“The Scottish Government has made clear its commitment to finding a solution on this by working jointly with the UK Government to reach answers that are fair.  It makes no sense at all to penalise the very parts of the country where there is renewables potential, which is the situation as it stands at the moment.  I welcome the fact that both governments are now working on this task together and are employing consultants to move this issue forward.”

Also commenting, Angus MacNeil MP said:

“High transmission charges are a huge problem for many in our islands and this is a welcome step in trying to find a solution to the problem of transmission charges in the Western Isles.”