Scotland’s renewable revolution harmed by utterly ridiculous grid charges – Scotsman comment. It is, and has been for years, utterly ridiculous that wind farms in the north of Scotland are charged three times the amount levied on their counterparts in southern England for a connection to the electricity grid. Some may view this through a nationalist prism, but it actually appears to be more a case of official inertia, a bureaucratic failure to move with the times. Once upon a time, it made perfect sense for electricity to be generated as close as possible to centres of population to reduce the amount lost during transmission and for the charging system to reflect that. This created an economic pressure to act efficiently by building power stations close to cities. However, the need to switch to renewable energy has turned the situation on its head. We now need to generate electricity where the wind blows, the waves crash and the tides flow. A charging system that penalises wind farms in the windiest places – the most efficient sites for them to be built – damages efforts to transform our economy into a carbon-neutral one in the fight against climate change. And it also harms what is only going to become an increasingly important industrial sector, particularly when it is no longer possible to profit from North Sea oil and gas.
Scotsman 10th July 2021 read more »