Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) have confirmed to Isles MP Angus MacNeil this week that they are taking action to assess the scale of impact of the subsea power cable failure on community organisations.

Mr MacNeil said community wind farm developers such as Point and Sandwick Trust in the islands had been hit hard by the loss of power cable, leaving them unable to export energy and therefore unable to financially support local charities and organisations.

He wrote to SSE last week asking what compensation could be offered to wind farm developers and received a response stating that they are now undertaking an analysis. He has a scheduled meeting with SSE later this week and has also written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Strategy Alok Sharma seeking detail of any compensation which might be available.

Mr MacNeil said: “I wrote to SSE to express concerns regarding the effect of the cable failure on community wind farm developers. They replied to confirm that they are aware of the issue and are gathering further information at this stage.

“They are conducting an impact analysis and as part of this, they will be contacting community organisations to assess the scale of impact on revenue for community services.

“I hope to have more detail on this in due course.”