The issue of an interconnector for the Western Isles was raised in the Scottish Parliament
at First Minister’s Questions yesterday.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney, standing in for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,
outlined the importance of the project to the Scottish Government’s agenda on renewable
He said that the frustration felt by people in the Western Isles over the UK Government’s
stalling on this issue had been discussed at cabinet earlier in the week.
He also confirmed that the Scottish Government remained committed to making the case
to the UK Government for a project that will bring real opportunities to attack fuel
poverty and bring about economic benefits.
MSP Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “This is an issue of huge importance to the Western
Isles and it is good that this issue continues to be raised publicly by Scottish
Ministers while we await a decision from the UK Government.
“As I recently argued in my submission to the UK Government’s consultation on the
treatment of island wind projects, island renewable projects have the potential to
produce some of the cheapest and greenest electricity in the country. There are hundreds
of millions of pounds worth of investment from shovel-ready projects across the Western
Isles that simply need the necessary infrastructure in place before work can begin.
“If we are to realise the renewables potential of these islands, the UK Government
needs heed the calls being made by the Scottish Government and others.”
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