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Ofgem Approves 600MW Shetland Transmission Link

Power News - Published on Tue, 26 May 2020

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Ofgem has approved a proposal by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks to build a 600MW subsea electricity transmission link from Shetland to mainland Scotland. The link would allow new wind farms on Shetland to export renewable electricity to the rest of Great Britain and help ensure supply of electricity on the islands. Ofgem’s approval is subject to receiving sufficient evidence by the end of 2020 that the 457MW Viking Energy Wind Farm project planned for Shetland is likely to go ahead.

Ofgem regulates network companies including SSEN, which is a subsidiary of SSE. All energy consumers pay for the cost of investment in new network capacity through their energy bills and the regulator ensures that it obtains the best deal possible for them.

In October last year, Ofgem was unable to approve SSEN’s original proposal for the link because the Viking Energy Wind Farm project had failed to win a subsidy in the UK Government’s Contract for Difference Auction. In January this year, SSEN submitted its revised proposal, taking account of updated progress of planned windfarms, as well as potentially increased electricity demand on the Shetland Isles. Ofgem will now carry out a final consultation on its minded to approval announced today.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 26 May 2020
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