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New energy minister to visit isles

THE UK’s new secretary for energy and climate change, Chris Huhne, is to visit Shetland this summer.

Mr Huhne has promised to take up an invitation from party colleague and northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael to visit Shetland to discuss crucial issues such as plans to develop renewables in the isles, including strengthening the grid and reducing transmission charges.

Mr Carmichael said the Eastleigh MP recognised the importance Shetland plays for the UK’s energy industry and hoped to travel north before the end of July.

“Though Chris has been a friend and colleague of mine for many years, this was our first official meeting since he took up his new role,” the LibDem chief whip said.

“His willingness to listen to the concerns I raised was a refreshing change from the attitude of the last government to the needs of people in Orkney and Shetland.

“It was clear that he shares my commitment to supporting the energy industry in the northern isles.

“With the coalition government committed to boosting renewable power and development of the west of Shetland gas fields now underway, the changes we are seeing in the UK energy industry are a fantastic opportunity for Orkney and Shetland.

“The northern isles will be at the heart of this vital sector for many years to come.”

 

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