Typically muted in the Herald today:
Electricity transmission charges are acting as a barrier for investment in green energy projects in Scotland and will hit the transition to a low carbon economy, experts have warned. A new analysis by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission, which is responsible for the network for the north of Scotland calls for reform of the current charging regime which means that renewable generators in Scotland pay “significantly” higher costs to connect their electricity to the National Grid than those in other parts of Great Britain.
The UK Government with the help of the BBC likes to make much of the UK’s green revolution. See this from June 2020:
Rarely heard, especially on BBC Scotland is the extent to which Scotland makes this, otherwise impossible achievement, possible.
The report doesn’t mention Scotland. Why should it mention Scotland? But it gives me the opporchancity to repeat this:
In Energy Voice on 28 January 2020:
‘Mammoth Highland offshore wind farms are footing a bill of around £20 million more per year than English projects to connect to the grid, according to the builder of what will be Scotland’s biggest wind venture. The levied regime in the UK, called transmission charging and set up by the energy regulator Ofgem, is understood to be a major disadvantage to projects in the windiest regions of Scotland – with a £20m per year price tag that could rise to £30m by 2025’
Not only is Scotland paying extra to connect to the grid, but the electricity is then being transferred to England, Wales and Northern Ireland to compensate for their lack of generation and to help the UK appear to be meeting its carbon reduction target. See:
Government figures reveal the massive and increasing level of transfer of electricity from Scotland to England. In 2018 only, the transfer rate increased from 13 512 GWh to nearly 25 000 GWh. 1 GWh would heat 700 000 homes!
Note that the ratio of transfers from Scotland to England compared with those from England to Scotland is 25 to 1!
And it’s not just electricity from renewables, the UK’s claims for tree-planting conceal something:
New figures published today [11th June 2020] show that despite the COVID-19 challenges, Scotland delivered over 80 per cent of all new tree planting in the UK.