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SSEN seek views on ‘Alternative Approach’ to network reinforcement

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) are looking for the views of Orkney folk on their Alternative Approach to meeting the needs of local renewable generators.

The energy provider launched a consultation yesterday, Monday, asking for views about their new Alternative Approach project, the aim of which is to allow further electricity generation to connect to Orkney’s electricity network.

This project would see the network reinforced in stages and capacity allocated based on which generators are ready to connect to the grid.

Lauren Milligan, Commercial Policy Manager with SSEN said: “This Alternative Approach would allow reinforcement to be progressed and overcome barriers previously faced by the reinforcement project, implemented on a trial basis pending approval from the industry regulator, Ofgem.

“We believe the Alternative Approach will overcome the catch 22 currently facing Orkney, allowing reinforcement to progress and meet the long-standing need of renewable generators wishing to connect.”

Those interested in responding to the consultation can find it via the SSEN website here, until March 12.

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