Energy Minister visits Stornoway

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP will visit Stornoway on February 24th to attend an Island Summit on transmission charges.

Mr Ewing will meet with the leaders of Scotland’s three islands councils and representatives from the industry to consider a way forward.

The summit follows a recent Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announcement of additional support for Scottish island wind - £115/MWh, compared to £90/MWh on the mainland. While this support for the islands represents progress following years of work by Governments, Local Authorities and industry, there is concern that a one size fits all approach will fall short of what is required for developments to proceed in all of the islands. The summit will also now consider the implications of Ofgem’s decision this week to delay the conclusion of its transmission charging review – Project Transmit.

During his visit Mr Ewing will also speak at a public meeting about fuel poverty organised by the Western Isles SNP.

The event, which is open to everyone, will be held in the Cabarfeidh Hotel at 7.30pm on Monday February 24th.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, commented: “Few issues cause such hardship and worry in the islands as the ongoing difficulties which many people have to heat their houses. A great deal has been done in recent years by the Scottish government to install central heating and insulate houses, but the problem remains worse in the islands than anywhere else.

“The public meeting with the Energy Minister is a chance for people to discuss these issues, and in particular to look at the opportunities which independence provides to ensure the islands have the energy policy they need for the future.”