Local MP Richard Thomson has written to the UK Government with concerns that connectivity restrictions to the national grid are significantly limiting investment and growth of renewables and asking that it intervene with the energy transmission companies to ensure new capacity is available.
The Scottish Government wishes to see half of Scotland’s energy consumption generated from renewable sources by 2030 as part of its ambitious renewable energy targets.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“Here in the North-east we’ve seen the challenge of playing our part in the expansion of renewables and the opportunities that brings being enthusiastically taken-up over the past two decades.
“However, capacity on the transmission network can be an issue. We’ve seen welcome investments from SSEN over recent years in new sub-stations and transmission facilities at Kintore, Rothienorman and Keith which has and will greatly enhance capacity and resilience. But we need to ensure that no part of the country is left behind.
“I’m aware that the NFUS has voiced concerns based on the experience of some of its members about their experience with grid connectivity. I have therefore written to the UK Government urging them to ensure that the energy transmission companies have a robust plan in place for increasing connectivity as we strive to meet our climate obligations.”