Scotland’s wind farms begin to leave subsidies and competitors behind

In the Herald only six months ago, we were still being warned of the costs of wind farm subsidies which, as an independent nation, we supposedly could not afford.

Critics, of course fail to mention two things. First other forms of power generation as also subsidised.

Nuclear and fossil fuel generation are currently subsidised at nearly £6 billion per year in the UK: https://www.euractiv.com/section/electricity/news/greenpeace-study-throws-light-on-europes-hidden-energy-subsidies/

Nuclear power also leads to inflated bills but is protected  to underpin the supply chain and skills for nuclear submarines: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48509942

The costs of decommissioning are conveniently ignored.

Second, however, unlike nuclear, wind power is developing. As all other successful technologies have done it is beginning to move into subsidy-free levels of efficiency. Once widely achieved, the debate is surely over. See this:

A 46MW onshore windfarm in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland, has joined the race to become the first in the country to become operational without the support of Government subsidies. Independent Scottish developer Muirhall Energy is working with WWS Renewables to start construction of the 46MW Crossdykes Wind Farm and is expected to start producing power in September 2020.

https://www.edie.net/news/10/Scotland-s-first-subsidy-free-onshore-windfarm-to-be-operation-by-2020/

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

2 thoughts on “Scotland’s wind farms begin to leave subsidies and competitors behind

  1. I can remember a series which STV did around 30+ years ago regarding the ‘Scotland is a subsidy junkie trope’. There was a long piece with a woman who was a strong advocate of ‘no feather-bedding’, ‘chill winds of competition’,etc and how investment in Scotland was really about propping up lame ducks and throwing good money after bad.

    The interviewer then pointed out the enormous sums of money being invested in the new financial hothouse of ‘Docklands, including the Docklands Light bRailway. These sums dwarfed all the ‘subsidies to Scotland and other ‘regions’ put together. The woman simply replied, ‘but these are important for our economy’. here was a massive transfer of funds from the public to the private sector, ‘socialism for the rich’ and ‘it was ‘important’. It was ‘important because it was for her and her kind.

    As far as Westminster is concerned, nuclear energy is ‘important’ because we must have a deterrent. It was also touted as reducing dependency on imported coal and oil (But, I think a supply of that came from somewhere …… no don’t tell me, I’ll remember! A major argument, unspoken, was to destroy the power of the National Union of Mineworkers and destroy the union they did. When it was pointed out that the NUM were British, the riposte was that, ‘they were the enemy within’.

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