The case for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to consider another option for wind energy development in the Islands has been highlighted this week by Councillor, Angus McCormack. Taking to social media, Cllr. McCormack highlighted his viewpoint and put forward some suggestions for a better way forward. Presenting his case on Facebook, he said: “The argument for the interconnector for the Outer Hebrides rests on convincing Ofgem of a needs case – essentially that there is sufficient demand for space to warrant 600MW of cable. Ofgem insist the current position of consented capacity along with cfd from the upcoming auction only merits 450MW. “The Comhairle has agreed to go into a joint venture with The Stornoway Trust which has an agreement with LWP to buy in to the Stornoway Windfarm, once it is completed, up to 20%.” Cllr. McCormack went on to explain that if the Council were to buy in to these wind farm developments it could cost up to as much as £100m. He questioned: “If the Comhairle is going to be prepared to borrow to such a scale, why would it do so in a project where it will be the inferior shareholder with no say in the company? No say in investment, but crucially, no say in determining the profits to be paid. Minority shareholders must settle for what they get.
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