Roddick presses finance minister about Orkney Interconnector

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has pressed Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, for clarifications regarding supporting suitable renewable energy developments which will ensure the case for an interconnector for Orkney.

Ofgem’s approval for a new cable is reliant on at least 135 MW of new energy generation projects in Orkney. There are currently multiple windfarm projects awaiting a decision that could see Orkney reach this target.

Roddick said:

“We must not let our islands fall behind in their ambitions to help tackle climate change due to delayed planning decisions.

“In light of the focus on sustainability and Orkney’s ongoing issues with fuel poverty, it Is imperative to have these plans granted which will enable plans to progress for the Orkney interconnector.

“I look forward to seeing how the Scottish Government will support suitable projects in the isles to ensure we see an interconnector in the near future. Orkney cannot sit in limbo struggling to heat their homes while our planet is in a climate crisis.”