The Scottish Parliament was told this afternoon that the Scottish Government has approved the proposed upgrade to the Beauly to Denny powerline. It means that pylon towers of more than 200 feet will be marching across the iconic Highland landscape to carry all the power to the Scottish Central Belt and beyond, which is to be generated by renewable energy schemes across the Highlands and Islands. When this is to become a reality is as yet not known, and it certainly won't happen in the next few years.
This issue is a double-edged sword. I deliberately used the words "renewable energy schemes", to make clear it would not just be for windfarms, but also for wave- and tidal energy projects. I have previously expressed my opposition to the upgrade, and maintain that stance. From my perspective, the economic mainstay of one part of the country is sacrificed for the greater good - and you can take that "good" with a large pinch of salt.
Electricity is something we all need in increasing amounts, but how that energy comes to the consumer "darn sarf" is still debatable. A sub-sea cable round the coast was mentioned on Radio Scotland this morning, for instance.