From SNP Media:
New research shows that Scots electricity consumers are by the far the most financially discriminated against when it comes to the Westminster government’s charging scheme for electricity.
The UK’s current electricity network favours imports at the expense of schemes in the UK – putting at risk the opportunity for green investment, jobs and economic growth in Scotland, and driving up household bills.
The analysis by RIDG (Renewable Infrastructure Development Group) shows that the UK government’s system “favours investment in the south of England and the EU” rather than Scotland, and is ultimately paid for by consumers as part of their bills.
Scottish Renewables have warned that these regulations are “out of date” and “make the development of the renewable energy projects which Scotland needs to supply its energy and drive economic growth less likely, at a time when those projects are more urgently needed than ever.”
SNP MSP Alasdair Allan said:
“Westminster’s energy policy isn’t working for Scottish electricity consumers nor our economic future. This new research clearly highlights how Scotland’s renewables potential is being unjustifiably damaged by Westminster’s approach to transmission charges, which are the highest in Europe by some margin.
“This means that the cost of energy bills has been inflated by Westminster government policy, and economic growth and job creation has been stunted in Scotland – the part of Europe with the greatest renewables potential. It is perverse that the areas of the country with the highest rates of fuel poverty are those with highest transmission charges under this system.
“Scotland is leading the way on green energy but we are clearly being held back by the Tories at Westminster – who have announced cuts to support for renewables, and now we see further proof that the UK Government’s transmission charges are putting jobs and security of supply at risk.
“It’s high time the UK Government listened to the growing number of voices calling for them to change direction on energy. If the Tories are in any way serious about tackling the climate emergency and ensuring that people living in Scotland are not penalised with higher household bills, this barrier must be removed.”
A map showing the cost of charging can be viewed here: