From the SNP today:
The UK Tory government has ignored a request from MPs to review the higher electricity grid charges for electricity producers in Scotland.
Currently it costs more for Scottish electricity producers to connect to the grid than elsewhere in the UK and across the whole of Europe. Responsibility for grid charges in the UK lies with the Westminster government.
Scotland currently has 25% of Europe’s offshore wind capacity, however grid charges implemented by the UK government mean that Scottish windfarms are 20% more expensive than farms south of the border.
A 1GW offshore windfarm off the Scottish coast will pay £38m a year and a 1GW windfarm off south east England will get paid £7m a year – a £45m differential and close to £1bn over a 20 year period.
Back in May 2021, I wrote:
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.