Transmission charging is penalising Scotland

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Transmission charging is penalising Scotland

From SNP Media:

Responding to SSEN Transmission’s latest TNUoS analysis paper, the SNP’s BEIS spokesperson, Stephen Flynn MP said:

“Report after report confirms that the current system of transmission charging is penalising Scotland, and this is the latest.

“Scottish renewables projects are paying huge sums to access the grid while equivalent projects in England are actually paid to connect to the very same ‘national’ grid. This is quite simply renewables robbery.

“Scotland has the potential to lead Europe in renewable energy, but we are being held back by a Tory Government with no interest in our net zero future, which has left us with the highest transmission charges in Europe. 

“Whether deliberately or through sheer incompetence, the Tories are putting Scotland at a competitive disadvantage.

“This report makes it clear that Tory transmission charging is a barrier to net zero and it ramps up energy costs for the customers at home – the Tories must get the finger out and sort this blatant injustice or give us the power to fix it ourselves.

“Time and time again the renewables industry and the SNP have pleaded with the UK Government to create fairness in transmission charging across these islands and with every non-answer we get back from a Tory Minister, the people of Scotland are reminded of why this union is no longer fit for purpose.”

SSEN Transmission TNUoS analysis paper

10 thoughts on “Transmission charging is penalising Scotland

  1. Transmission charges are another example of Bodger Broon’s ‘pooling and sharing’, whereby Scottish generated electricity is pooled and sent to the south of England and the bulk of the cost of transmission is shared amongst consumers in the North of Scotland, because, they live in a remote area and the cost of transmitting energy there is greater! The irony is completely lost in the solipsistic metrocentrism of the decision makers.

    A parallel would be people in Cumbria paying more for Cumbrian coal, to ‘share’ the cost of transporting it to the South East of England.

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  2. Ah but let’s us nor forget that the London metropolitan elite
    That to partake of a Michelin* star meal for 2 and a fine bottle of wine in London
    Only costs the poor bill payer £2500
    We Scots must subsidise this even more so as the oil runs out with our renewable sources
    After all once the resources developed it is free for ever
    No need to worry if in a few years the bill
    For them goes up to £ 5000
    Feasting is guaranted


  3. Oh dear me i forgot to say that the meal in all probability is Tax deductible
    As no doubt thereafter important business must be taken care of in the close by 5* hotel penthouse suite bedroom
    But only after room service of fresh Scottish Strawberries and Champagne
    And just maybe if the Gentleman who foots the bill
    Partakes of a very rare and rightfully so
    Expensive Single malt,most certainly so if he happens to be a chap of serious thought ( in the gratification dept.)
    Ah such are the benefits of being part of the colonial masters team
    For me this not the politics of envy
    As for them it is a matter of absolute neccessity
    They should be more thoughtfull
    “As more often than not, When the greedy pig has its snout in the trough of plenty
    It forgets that nothing but a resultant mess comes out the other end “


  4. Please excuse my laziness but here’s one I did earlier:

    JANUARY 20, 2021 AT 3:51 PM
    Ed Miliband brought in variable tariffs in 2008 when he was Secretary for Energy and Climate Change. The tax was supposed to encourage local generation and local consumption thereby encouraging micro renewable generation in 2008. The further from ‘demand’, the greater use off the National Grid, therefore the higher the tariff.

    I think the problem was that the centre of demand was deemed to be London. Scottish Power certainly cited high tariffs among the reasons for closing Longannet Power Station. Not sure if the tariffs, which generators and Scottish customers pay for, would have been due if Scotland didn’t export electricity to England.
    England also imports energy from France. Contract renegotiations are tied tight to access to UK waters renegotiations which is why the sell out of the fishing community is set to stay.


  5. Let’s look at the ‘National grid’ to see where any investment in the upgrade of the grid is taking place. Can’t find much as yet..the new site is rubbish.

    Scotland is a ‘region’.

    I have one question if we talk about tranmission costing more further away from the ‘grid’, why hasn’t the UK/EngGov built more infrastructure oop north say in Scotland, so that the network isn’t just managed and controlled from down south.
    Rhetorical question.

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  6. They need what we’ve got and don’t they know it, bloody parasite nation. Oil, gas, renewables, timber, water, the list is endless. Just cut them off and let their lights go out. Refuse to transfer power across the border and concentrate on our own needs.


    1. Correction, HMG know exactly what we’ve got and they need it, a fair chunk of England is oblivious to it all as they swallowed the subsidy sponger lie from the Tories etc., but you’d rather take revenge than strike a fair bargain to what end?

      Subjugation and taking advantage has never been the Scottish way.

      We are in surplus of all our energy and food needs already, in case you missed the headline we export most of our surplus including gas and energy to England already, all we ask is a fair shake. It really is that simple..

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