Shetland Islands: Renewable Potential Great but Difficult to Harness

The Shetland Islands off the north-east coast of Scotland lie at the center of the North Sea oil and gas fields. While some of these fields are depleting, others are still very productive. Wind energy and marine energy from underwater turbines are starting to be developed on the islands, and show great potential. But, for the moment, it is impossible to transmit the power they generate back to the Scottish mainland, unlike easily transportable oil and gas.