Powerhouse Scotland subject to highest grid charges in Europe.

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I’ve been drawing attention to this for years now so it’s good to see SNP MP’s on it:

From the Westminster SNP:

Alan Brown MP has slammed the UK government’s ignorance to decades of Westminster mismanagement on energy grid charges, which sees Scotland subject to the highest grid charges in Europe.

In a Westminster debate today (Thursday), the SNP MP called for an overhaul of the grid charging structure – which currently puts Scotland at a competitive disadvantage to counterparts in England – urging the UK government to fix the imbalance and encourage renewable energy generation north of the border.

Tory ministers refused to acknowledge the concerns raised, rather attempting to pass responsibility onto regulator Ofgem and failing to acknowledge the gross inequality.

Despite having 25% of Europe’s offshore wind capacity, grid charges make Scottish windfarms 20% more expensive than farms in the south of England.

Speaking after the Commons debate, Alan Brown MP said:

“For decades, Scotland has been shafted by Westminster mismanagement, but their ignorance to the disparity on electricity grid charges is staggering.

“While companies in the south of England are paid to connect to the grid, those in Scotland have to pay for this service – making the energy a staggering 20% more expensive.

“The UK government should be utterly ashamed of their inaction. Boris Johnson’s government risks facilitating a renewable jobs crisis and their failure to act jeopardises crucial progress in meeting Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets.

“This shocking disparity is yet another example that Westminster doesn’t care about Scotland. Only with independence can Scotland harness our full potential, lead the world in cutting carbon emissions and delivering a fairer, greener and more equal nation.”

Contact: snpmedia@snpmedia.net

Notes to editors:

For a 1GW offshore windfarm, the difference between those in the south of England and Scotland equates to a difference of £1bn over 20 years.

7 thoughts on “Powerhouse Scotland subject to highest grid charges in Europe.

  1. This is an example of ‘pooling and sharing’ in practice: a variation on the theme, ‘what’s mine is mine, but what is yours is negotiable.’

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  2. Perhaps ( I think it was A.Darling) that is why Westminster cancelled the proposed interconnector between Norway and Scotland ( the shortest distance to Britain) and have rerouted it to England.
    The Norwegians wouldn’t be too keen on supplying England on the same terms as Scotland has to.
    Unlike Scotland,Norway is not in thrall to England.

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  3. There is much to unravel following independence, not least the studious avoidance of subsea interconnects to Scotland with England as the sole intermediary, which given the charging structure is no accident.
    What of gas and oil?
    Subsidy spongers, where again ?
    I haven’t examined the figures, but have more than a sneaking suspicion a continental interconnect from Scotland would be London’s worst nightmare and would pay for itself in short order.
    Too wee too poor, my arse..

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