The devil is always in the detail, so I'm looking forward to reading the document as soon as it is available, but here's why I surprised:
- I expected the outcome to be bland, civil service speak, and filled with generalities, and it actually seems to have specifics. Kudos and credit to Jim Mather for being decisive*, because
- Our MP and MSP have been lobbying hard against this proposal since they first took an interest in the subject** and having set their sights firmly against any large windfarm, I thought they had the Minister's ear.
The prospect of the Sound of Harris generating vast quantities of renewable energy can be achieved by incorporating turbines into the causeway - which will also stop the rows over Sunday ferries - and the same can be achieved over the Sound of Barra.
Is it too late to discuss incorporating some form of renewable energy into the Uist causeways? If not, then please let us ensure that we never have the same omission again.
The future is brighter than it was, so let us grab the opportunities and secure a green future for the islands.
Renewables will never wholly replace conventional power, but over time the impact of tidal power will become hugely important and, yes, it will supercede and replace onshore wind; but only when a working technology is widely available.
* I would have said the same if he had been decisively agaisnt any development
** Just before the relevant election, if you hadn't guessed