SCOTLAND’S renewables ambition is being threatened by UK Government rules which “penalise” projects north of the Border, MPs heard today. Members of the Scottish Affairs Committee met this afternoon to hear from leading figures in the renewables sector as the nation looks toward a greener future. Scotland is aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2045. The country has won praise for its approach to energy – in 2020, renewables met 97% of electricity demand, with most powered by onshore wind, followed by hydro and offshore. Scottish ministers also hope to increase the amount of power generated by offshore wind tenfold by 2030. However those in the sector say more needs to done between government and industry to allow Scotland to achieve those targets over the next decades. Today at Westminster, MPs were told of how Scotland and parts of the north of England are being “penalised to the tune of tens of millions of pounds every year” by historic Westminster rules governing how the electricity network is paid for. Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) charges set by the UK Government in 1992 recover the cost of installing and maintaining the electricity transmission system across the four nations. But Scottish Renewables, who released a new report today, say times have changed significantly since they were designed, leading to “volatile and unpredictable” charges “penalising Scottish renewable energy projects”. The agency says the UK Government should act, or the system will become worse for consumers and net-zero hopes. “Put simply, TNUoS charges make Scottish offshore wind farms 20% more expensive than those in English waters,” the agency’s chief executive Claire Mack said. “While an average 1GW Scottish offshore wind project would pay £38 million a year to use the electricity network, an identical wind farm in the congested seas off England’s south coast would receive a £7 million payment for the same service.”
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WORK should start urgently to transform the north east from Scotland’s oil and gas capital into a new European centre of excellence for renewables, a citizens’ panel has demanded. The group, which was established by the IPPR think tank, has produced a report detailing more than 30 recommendations on how Aberdeen city and shire can make the change. It calls for a “fair tax system” to be developed which discourages activities known to “exacerbate the climate and nature emergencies”.
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