District News, October 2 2020

A section of SSEN’s overhead network on Islay. Photograph: Stuart Nicol Photography.

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Windfarm fund open for applications

Applications are invited for funding from this year’s second disbursement from the East Kintyre Community Council Windfarm Trust.

Grants for capital or revenue funding may be available to charities, community groups and village halls within the East Kintyre Community Council area bordered by Grogport to the north and Peninver to the south.

Advice, criteria and application forms are available on the ‘windfarm trust’ pages of the East Kintyre Community Council website – eastkintyre.org – or from the secretary/treasurer, Alasdair Bennett, by telephoning 01583 431112 or emailing ekccwft@hotmail.com

The closing date for applications is Thursday October 29.


Webinar to discuss smarter solutions for island energy network 

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is encouraging renewable energy providers to join its webinar today (Friday) to learn more about how they can help support the delivery of a low-carbon, smarter energy system.

SSEN has identified a section of its network on Islay and Jura that can benefit from the adoption of flexible services, known as Constraint Managed Zones (CMZ), and is set to launch a trial to manage multiple service providers alongside its existing Bowmore power station on Islay, utilising a flexibility service management system.

The flexible services, from renewable energy generators and battery storage facilities, can opt in to being paid to provide power to support SSEN’s network to prevent overloading of assets, or during maintenance and faults on the network to reduce the reliance on fossil fuel-based energy generation.

Service providers can also opt in to be paid to turn down their electricity demand to support SSEN’s network operations.

SSEN successfully ran a CMZ trial on Islay in the past year, working with a local generator to keep the power flowing to customers on Islay, Jura and Colonsay, as teams worked to replace the subsea cable feeding the islands. Forty per cent of the average local electricity demand was met, ensuring customers on the islands continued to receive the power they needed.

Alex Howison, flexible solutions manager at SSEN, said: ‘As we develop a smarter, more flexible, energy system to support the UK’s net zero ambitions, customers and communities now have new opportunities to play an active role in the energy system.

‘Following great success from our first CMZ on Islay where we avoided carbon emissions equivalent of taking 971 cars off the road for a year, our ambition is to increase flexibility across our networks, delivering cost-effective solutions and significant carbon reductions to help meet the UK’s climate action commitments.

‘I’d encourage anyone interested in providing flexibility services to join the webinar where our teams will provide further information on the opportunities available to get involved.’

The webinar will take place between 1pm and 2pm today – to find out more and register, visit www.ssen.co.uk/StakeholderEvent/Registration/?EventId=545


Tarbert water fault forces school closure

Tarbert Academy was forced to close its doors last Wednesday, September 23, due to the water being cut off.

Scottish Water put the problem down to a fault at the Tarbert water treatment works. The fault caused a loss of normal supply, low water pressure and discoloured water to properties in the area.

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: ‘We attended as quickly as possible to resolve the issue and have been tankering water in to the local network to restore normal supplies to affected properties. We apologise for any inconvenience to affected customers and thank them for their patience and understanding.’