Talks on subsea cable electricity transmission subsidy

Agreement is being sought on the level of subsidy that would be paid to transmit electricity generated on the Western Isles to the mainland.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission said an affordable cost must be agreed before it builds the subsea cable required to carry the electricity.

The firm said talks on subsidies were ongoing with the UK and Scottish governments and regulator Ofgem.

Isles councillors have been critical of the time it is taking to get a cable.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) said developers could not proceed with renewable energy projects while doubts remain over the timescale for the interconnector.

SHE Transmission, a division of power company SSE, has estimated that it could cost the company £700m to construct the cable.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Highlands & Islands

Weather

Inverness

Min. Night 1 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Signposts showing the US and UK flagsAn ocean apart

    How British misunderstanding of the US is growing


  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?


  • Hillary Clinton frowns.Something to hide?

    Hillary's private emails threaten her air of inevitability


  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back


Elsewhere on the BBC

Programmes

  • Former al-Qaeda double agent Aimen DeanHARDtalk Watch

    Islamic State is about revenge says former al-Qaeda member turned spy Aimen Dean

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.