A new report has highlighted concern that electricity transmission charges in the north of Scotland are acting as a barrier to the commercial viability of renewable energy projects. Based on analysis carried out by SSEN Transmission, 93 per cent of its “engaged stakeholders” support reform of the current transmission charging regime to support the UK’s net-zero emissions targets. Currently it results in Scottish generators paying a higher cost for use of the transmission network compared with other parts of Britain. An example given by SSEN Transmission is that while a wind farm in the north of Scotland pays £5.50 per unit of energy, an equivalent wind farm in Wales will be paid £2.80 per unit. The company says that “with Scotland boasting the greatest wind resource to meet the UK’s net-zero targets, this creates a huge barrier for further low-carbon investment, despite great support for further deployment through UK and Scottish government policy”.
John O Groat Journal 10th May 2021 read more »