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March 2, 2021

Fragile connectivity 

The National Grid connects with our islands via subsea cables which in the case of Harris and Lewis, runs between Skye and Harris. Until that is, an unexplained deep sea incident last October caused the cable to come apart and leave the islands reliant on an expensive (£1m per month) and heavily polluting (70,000 litres per day) diesel power station. The financial implications for community owned wind farms (and commercial operators) have been nothing short of catastrophic. Community Energy Scotland has been supporting both community and commercial generators to make their case to Scottish Government. 

Jamie Adam, Community Energy Scotland

Letter from Community Energy Scotland to Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands.

Letter was sent on behalf of the many community trusts on the Western Isles who generate electricity from community owned turbines and the commercial generators