Letter: Phasing out low-cost gas and substituting it with high-price renewable electricity will treble energy bills in Scotland. This would result in the majority of Scots living in fuel poverty – which MSPs pledged to eliminate by 2016. The demise of the UK grid will result in the loss of huge energy subsidies as 92% of these costs are paid by English consumers. That is an extra £5 billion a year in bills for Scottish consumers. In addition, with no subsidy assist from English consumers, Scots must underwrite the £10bn capital cost for 25 years to install sufficient wind turbines to re place the energy lost in phasing out gas in Scotland. Add the above costs and more than half of the take-home pay of the average Scottish worker is required to pay energy bills. Where is the Finance Secretary achieving the growth to be “father of the nation” when 80% of Scots would be living in poverty?
Herald 29th June 2018 read more »