ISLES was a collaborative project between the Scottish Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of Ireland. Funded mainly by the EU's INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), it is assessed the feasibility of creating an offshore interconnected transmission network and subsea electricity grid based on renewable energy sources off the coast of western Scotland and in the Irish Sea/North Channel area.
The area examined has huge potential for capturing wind, wave and tidal energy. However, each region’s electricity network has not been developed with an offshore grid in mind, capable of exploiting this major marine renewable resource. As a consequence, the capacity to generate electricity is currently not matched by the ability to collect and transport that energy to market.
major conference in Glasgow on 23 November 2011. The reports from the project are now available for download from the link below, together with a consultation paper. As part of that consultation we would welcome your views on the reports, and the project, by Friday September 7th 2012.