Local News for Thursday 18th April 2019
EXTRA 4p PER ISLES HOUSEHOLD FOR 600MW INTERCONNECTOR
Constructing a 600MW interconnector to the Western Isles would cost consumers just 4p more per household per year than the 450MW option.
Western Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil continues to engage with Ofgem who recently announced their minded-to position of favouring a 450MW link over a 600MW.
As part of that engagement Mr MacNeil asked Ofgem for figures on what the two options would mean for household bills and learned that the 600MW would mean just 4p per household per year more than the 450MW option.
Mr MacNeil says favouring the smaller link would prevent the islands reaching their full renewables potential.
He said: “The figures I obtained from Ofgem show a 600MW link would add 43p to annual household bills and a 450MW would add 39p.
“It is clear that the 600MW option is much better value for money as it could boost the economy in a way the 450MW link could not.
‘An extra 4p would allow a link which had room for current proposals and future development; the potential to create more jobs; and capacity for the islands to grow this sector.
‘In this case it seems obvious that the best possible deal is the one which will bring the greatest long term positive economic impact at minimal additional cost - and that is the 600MW option.’
Ofgem are carrying out a consultation prior to a final decision and visited Lewis last week to meet developers and local agencies.
BREXIT TALKS MUST INCLUDE SCOTLAND SAYS SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS SECRETARY MICHAEL RUSSELL
The UK Government must use the extension granted recently by the EU to broaden its discussions on Brexit, Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell said.
Mr Russell called for all devolved administrations to be involved in talks amid fresh concerns from Scottish businesses about the damage Brexit will do to their trade.
Mr Russell said:
“The UK Government has been given until 31 October, and must now use this extra time wisely, allowing for all parties and all devolved governments to be invited to the negotiating table. The Prime Minister must use this opportunity to drop her red lines, which have led to the Brexit impasse.
“Taking us out of a market around eight times bigger than the UK will cost jobs, make people poorer, and undermine the democratic decision of the people of Scotland to remain in the European Union. The Scottish Government set out compromise plans that would keep both Scotland and the UK in the Single Market but these were dismissed out of hand by the UK Government.”