Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil is pleased today after securing an assurance from Energy Minister, Michael Fallon MP that the Department for Energy and Climate Change would look as ways of both reducing energy bills in the islands and helping renewable producers in the islands to serve the islands’ electricity market.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:

“I am very pleased that Energy Minister, Michael Fallon MP recognised at today’s Energy Questions the logic of my question and pledged to further investigate the possibility of islands generated electricity being used for islands consumers.

“Currently the situation is that a unit of electricity is between 3%-14% more expensive in the Hebrides than in London, depending on which electricity company consumers use, because Ofgem adds transmission charges to the price of electricity.  Simultaneously renewable producers in the islands are being charged to export energy from the islands when the reality is that much of the current renewable production, if not all, is being consumed on the islands.

“If my proposals should receive the backing of the Department of Energy it should lower fuel bills, help ease fuel poverty as well as helping renewable energy jobs in the islands.”