Grid connectivity is a key issue for the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. Although both the Outer Hebrides and Orkney have sub-sea cables connecting them to mainland Scotland, these links do not have sufficient capacity to support the level of renewables development anticipated and planned for the islands. The levels of resource available are, however, considerable and of key strategic importance for the development of a Scottish and, indeed, UK marine renewable energy industry. This leaflet/poster explained some of the background to these issues and made a clear economic case for grid connections to the isles to be prioritised.
In 2005, the leaflet was distributed to key decision makers and opinion formers associated with UK grid and energy issues. It was also available to help inform the general public.
The poster was revised in 2006 to take account of the most recent developments regarding connecting the isles and to reflect the issues arising from the government's energy review.
Aquatera's breadth of involvement in, and knowledge of, renewables, environmental, strategic planning and islands issues aided compilation and design of an effective awareness leaflet.