Energy Policy – Scotland

Scotland is on target to hit its 2020 target of powering 100% of the country’s electric appetite with renewable energy. Scotland’s operational renewable energy infrastructure produced 9.5 gigawatts of power in June this year. Power output could more than double when you take into consideration a number of approved projects still in planning or in the construction phase. The largest wind farm in the UK is Scottish Power’s Whitelee wind farm, outside Eaglesham in East Renfrewshire. 215 turbines contribute electricity to the 539 MW capacity – almost enough to power 300,000 homes. Scotland isn’t just focussed on growing their renewable portfolio, but to reducing the country’s carbon footprint too. The 2020 green targets included an advisory to reduce energy consumption by 12%, but by 2015 it had already been slashed to 15.4%.

Scotsman 13th Nov 2017 read more »

Letter: YOU outline yet another strategy to reduce fuel poverty by 2040 (“‘Bolder’ move on fuel poverty”, The Herald, November 9). It would appear that Holyrood has yet to learn any lessons from the failure by MSPs arising from their original pledge to the people of Scotland, and especially the 40 per cent of Scots living in fuel poverty, to eliminate such poverty by 2016. It now appears there is to be a new 25-year strategy to attain the failed goal of 2016 yet, since the Housing Minister does not address the policies of his Environmental colleague, the revised strategy is doomed to fail before the consultation period is concluded. Had the Housing Minister checked the fuel use of an average dual fuel consumer he would be aware that 3,500 units of electricity ( 14p per unit ) plus 21,500 units of gas ( 4p per unit ) results in an annual bill of £1,350. However, as Holyrood has set out a goal to phase out the use of gas in Scotland over the next decade, by 2030 the annual energy bill will be 25,000 units of electricity which totals £3,500. That means an increase in energy bills of around 250 per cent, 10 years before the planned elimination of fuel poverty with the consequence of 75 per cent of Scots being dragged into the poverty trap. In addition, if the planned elimination of gas includes the import of shale gas from the United States to Grangemouth, then the transfer of the work to Norway will have a major impact on the Scottish economy, hitting even more Scots with austerity.

Herald 14th Nov 2017 read more »

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Published: 14 November 2017