SHETLAND Islands Council is stepping up its campaign to seek political support for the idea that hosting the Viking Energy wind farm should enable the isles to negotiate cheaper electricity prices and thus combat high levels of fuel poverty. Chief executive Maggie Sandison said it was unacceptable to have a situation where the isles are due to become a net exporter of green electricity yet have one of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the country. An initial approach was made to the Scotland Office in February, but judging by the response the government department provided to Shetland News, there appears to be little appetite to engage in such discussions. Sandison has now confirmed that a request for a meeting with the new islands minister has been made to discuss support for the concept, which then would need to be taken to the UK Government and energy regulator Ofgem. However, it is not known at the moment who the new islands minister is going to be after Paul Wheelhouse was not returned to parliament in last week’s election. Ministerial appointments will only be made after the new parliamentarians have been sworn in on Thursday and a government has been elected.
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