Energy bills could rise as much as 50% in the spring as the UK faces a “national crisis” over soaring wholesale gas and electricity prices as renewable generation has slumped helped by the lowest Scottish wind speeds of this century.
The trade body Energy UK has called on the UK government to intervene to help cut the cost of bills amid predictions that the price cap could easily exceed £2,000 a year.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/19806397.scots-face-50-energy-bills-rise-crisis-wind-power-generation-slumps/
Just as BBC Scotland often obscured the truth with the word ‘after‘, as in ‘children die after contracting fungal infection linked to pigeon droppings‘, so the Herald uses ‘as‘ to imply that wind power is not the great solution, SNP supporters had hoped for.
They haven’t lied directly, do point out the soaring wholesale gas prices, but the implication is clear.
First, let’s deal with the wholesale gas prices which energy companies are already using to justify coming price hikes. None are linking the price increases to reduced wind power.
With 8% of the population, Scotland produces 28% of the UK’s gas consumption. The rest comes mainly from Norway and Russia. So, with full independence, a Scottish Government could easily control gas prices for consumers here.
After a fantastic year, in 2020, when Scotland generated 97% of its electricity from renewables, this has dipped, 18.7%, due to less wind, in 2021.
In 2021, however, electricity transfers from Scotland to England continued despite the ‘less favourable weather conditions’, at 2.0TWh.
1 GWh will provide for 725 000 homes so 1TWh will do 7 million and 2TWh will do 14 million. How many homes are there in Scotland with a population of only 5.44 million? So with full independence, even if less windy, those transfers would be exports, controllable by the Scottish Government or not exports if needed to heat Scottish homes.