Citizens Advice response to Ofgem consultation: Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution’s proposals to contribute towards proposed electricity transmission links to Shetland, Western Isles and Orkney
We welcome the opportunity to comment on Ofgem’s consultation on Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution’s proposals to contribute towards proposed electricity transmission links to Shetland, the Western Isles, and Orkney.
We agree with the general principle that a Distributed Network Operator (DNO) could contribute towards Transmission Operator (TO) projects.
We broadly agree with SHEPD’s proposal to contribute towards the Shetland link, but have some concerns about implementation.
We disagree with the need for SHEPD to contribute towards Orkney and Western Isles projects.
It is not clear how these proposals will be implemented. In any case, implementation should not sidestep industry governance and any approach should be fit for other projects between other network companies.
Further detail is provided within the consultation response [ 260 kb].