Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) have announcded plans to deliver a 10% cut to the distribution network costs for customers in the north of Scotland, inlcuding the Western Isles, in 2015.
The company also intend to carry out projects in the islands this year including investing £300,000 in a 41km overhead line between Tarbert and Rodel and a £87,00 project to refurbish overhead lines on North Uist and Barra. Refurbishing the 33,000 volt line supplying the Pollacher substation which feeds 1090 customers on Eriskay and Barra will also take place.
Director of Distribution Stuart Hogarth said: “Customers are at the heart of our business and I believe the commitments we have outlined reflect their priorities. We know that the targets we have set ourselves are challenging. This is because we want to continue improving the network and fulfilling our core aim of maintaining a safe and reliable supply of electricity.
“We continue to look to the future and plan for what might happen to energy use between now and 2023. However, just because we have submitted our business plan does not mean that we don’t still want to hear from customers and I would encourage everyone to visit our website and view ‘The Plain Guide to Your Future Energy Network’ to learn more about our plans and provide their views.”
A spokesperson for the company said price reduction would be found through “innovation and by making the most of more efficient new technologies”.
She added: “SSEPD’s Stornoway Depot employs 33 people and will play a key role over the coming years in this process.”