Alyn welcomes transmission charging announcement

Good news for scottish islands

Ofgem has announced that it intends to change the transmission charging regime to encourage more low-carbon energy in a move welcomed by SNP MEP Alyn Smith.

Alyn said:

"I've long been of the view that the current transmission regime is discriminatory against renewables in Scotland generally and island generators in particular.

"While the proposed changes from Ofgem aren't perfect, they're certainly moving in the right direction. Renewable energy generators in Scotland would see their costs lowered as the type of electricity generated and also the way that energy generators utilise the grid would be factored in. Crucially, Ofgem's recommendation takes the cost of transmitting energy from Scottish islands to the mainland into account as well.

"Renewable energy is the energy of the future and Scotland has the resources to take full advantage of that but we need a fair transmission charging system. I'm glad that the proposals announced today are heading in that direction and will make a big difference to our island and remote communities."