Shetland’s MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart, has today written to the energy secretaries of the Scottish and UK Government’s asking for their respective outlines for the proposed Shetland Tariff. This comes after local calls for political backing of the proposal.
The Shetland Tariff would see Shetland households benefit from a cheaper rate of energy produced by the Viking Energy Wind Farm (VEWF). Latest statistics show 31 per cent of Shetland households in fuel poverty, with 22 per cent living in extreme fuel poverty.
Ms Wishart has previously called for an eradication of fuel poverty by doubling the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty budgets. Two months ago Ms Wishart urged the Scottish Government to re-start work on the delayed fuel poverty strategy.
Ms Wishart said:
‘Tackling fuel poverty is one of my key ambitions as MSP for Shetland. Now is the opportune moment to establish a Shetland tariff before the Viking project is complete.
‘I am sure islanders would be very disappointed to have one of the most productive onshore wind farms in the world on their doorstep and gain no benefit as energy passes by en route south.
‘The irony of Shetland having been close to the productive North Sea oil fields for the last fifty years, and contributing substantially to its success with one of Europe’s largest oil and gas terminals located here at Sullom Voe, is not lost on those who struggle to heat their homes.'
Notes to Editors
You can see the letter to Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Energy here.
You can see the letter to Kwasi Kwarteng MP as Secretary of State for Energy here.
You can see Ms Wishart’s call to eradicate fuel poverty here.
You can see Ms Wishart’s urge to the Scottish Government here.