Outer Hebrides - UK
The Outer Hebrides is an archipelago of islands reaching from Lewis in the north to Vatersay in the south off the north-west coast of mainland Scotland. A buoyant tourism and textiles industry flourishes across the islands and is home to incredible natural resources hosting some of the best wind, wave and tidal energy opportunities in Europe. The 26,500 inhabitants of the Outer Hebrides are spread over 15 inhabited islands with the commercial and cultural hub of the region being Stornoway on Lewis with over 6,000 people. Gaelic language and culture are incredibly important in the Outer Hebrides with Gaelic being the first language for many.
Despite having world class energy resources, the local electricity grid is heavily constrained which significantly affects the number of new projects that can be developed in the region. However, grid constraints have helped to foster some innovative and enterprising local energy economy solutions to match local energy generation with local energy demand and such as OHLEH, the Barra and Uist Local Energy Plans and Western Isles Energy in Motion.
Highlights from the peer-learning visit to the Outer Hebrides - May 2023
RIPEET peer-learning visit to Barra and Vatersay, in the Outer Hebrides gathered stakeholders from the mirror ecosystems in the Aran Islands and La Reunion in a 3-days programme focusing on sharing regional practices, challenges and innovative solutions on energy transition.
Watch the video to learn more about the mirror regions' representatives experience and the main takeaways from the visit!