Ofgem, the energy regulator, has launched a consultation to seek views on the costs of the proposed new energy solution for Shetland.

This follows a formal recommendation put forward in June this year by network operator, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating as Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) under licence.

After an extensive consultation and a comprehensive competitive tender process, SSEN confirmed its preferred bid to be a proposal by National Grid Shetland Link Ltd and partner Aggreko UK Ltd which combines a 60MW High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) subsea cable link to the GB electricity network, alongside on-island backup generation.

In line with the agreed regulatory process, SSEN has made a formal recommendation to the energy regulator, Ofgem, to approve the proposal.