Speaking in today’s Climate Change debate in the House of Commons, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil asked Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP to push Ofgem to approve a 600MW interconnector for the Western Isles.
Mr MacNeil said: “A major help in reducing the UK’s Carbon footprint is the inclusion of a 600MW interconnector to the mainland – from the best wind resource in Europe.
“At the moment Ofgem are talking about a 450MW link, for just 4p more for the billpayer, we could do a lot more.
“Will he stamp on Ofgem and when they talk about concerns for the consumer, will they talk about concerns for the consumer’s environment and not a tawdry 4p on people’s bill.”
Mr Gove said it was a ‘fair point well made’ although adding it was a decision for Ofgem.
Mr MacNeil was contacted by many constituents asking him to take part in today’s Opposition Day Climate Change debate.