Scottish power interconnector moved to favour wind farm

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has allowed the re-routing of a transmission line to connect a wind farm to the grid. Nearly 2km of the existing 400kV Anglo-Scottish Interconnector in […]

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By Tom Gibson

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has allowed the re-routing of a transmission line to connect a wind farm to the grid. Nearly 2km of the existing 400kV Anglo-Scottish Interconnector in south Scotland will move to connect renewables, such as the Harestanes wind farm.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “I am confident that this change to the interconnector will enable renewable energy developments which will provide great benefits to the local community and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.”

The Scottish Government wants to generate 100% of its electricity demand from renewables by 2020. In 2010, 24.1% of electricity demand came from renewables.