S6M-00167: New Electricity Transmission Connection Between Orkney and Mainland Scotland

That the Parliament welcomes the report issued on 27 May 2021 by Orkney Islands Council, highlighting the significant and positive impact that would be derived from the installation of a new electricity transmission connection between the islands and the mainland, as proposed by Scottish and Southern Energy Networks to the energy regulator, Ofgem; understands that the predicted economic impact accruing to Orkney would range from £371 million to £807 million, and to Scotland would be between £606 million and £1.48 billion; believes that the transmission connection is essential to overcome the current block on the development of further renewables projects in Orkney and to protect associated high-value local jobs; recognises its potential to help deliver net zero ambitions for the islands, and Scotland as a whole, by providing a route to market for the world-leading marine renewable industry in Orkney, led by activity at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), and acknowledges that it is a vital prerequisite of Orkney’s ambitions for renewables innovation and, due to the unique ownership structure of Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project, to securing financial sustainability for public services across the islands.


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