Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil today questioned the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack on the UK Governments approach to island renewable projects.

In September 2019, Mr MacNeil expressed his disappointment following the Contracts for Difference (Cfd) Allocation Round 3, which only awarded two renewable projects in Lewis a Cfd totalling 240 MW, which is well below the 369 MW required for the Interconnector to the mainland.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:

“The islands have the best wind resources in Europe and has the potential to produce more than enough wind to support a 600 MW interconnector.  The stumbling block is the lack of joined-up thinking between the UK Government and the Energy Regulator Ofgem.

“At Scottish Questions today, I had the opportunity to raise this with Alister Jack, the Secretary of State for Scotland and I was pleased that he agreed with the point I raised and that the interconnector should be built.”