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  • Submitted by: Beatrice Wishart, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
  • Motion reference: S6M-07307

That the Parliament commends the efforts of Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) engineers and partners, emergency services and communities during power outages caused by severe weather disruption in Shetland; understands that 5,289 properties lost power on 13 December 2022 due to snowstorms and ice bringing down power lines; further understands that all homes which had lost power were reconnected by the afternoon of 18 December 2022, meaning some homes had been without power for six days; pays tribute to what it considers the hard work of all SSEN staff, and crews from other contracted companies, many of whom had travelled up to Shetland from the Scottish mainland to assist with the power restoration; believes that weather conditions remained extremely difficult, with workers out in low temperatures and high winds; commends the response of emergency services in assisting people affected by the severe weather, local resilience partnership organisations, and Shetland Islands Council, which provided advice and welfare support to those affected; further commends Northlink Ferries for their assistance in transporting vital equipment and crew to Shetland; praises the community response, in particular the provision of shelter, warm spaces and hot food to people whose homes had lost power; considers that, despite all properties being restored to power, ongoing work remains on the network to restore normal operations, and expresses its gratitude to all continuing to work to restore normal operation to Shetland’s power network.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Maggie Chapman, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Sharon Dowey, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Rhoda Grant, Liam McArthur, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Emma Roddick, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Tess White