Threats from the Westminster Government over whether it will continue to buy energy from an independent Scotland have been branded “totally out of touch” by two leading energy academics.
Writing in The Ecologist, Professor Peter Strachan and Professor Alex Russell, both of Robert Gordon University, dismissed claims in the Westminster Government’s Scotland Analysis paper on energy from earlier this year.
“in all likelihood, a rump UK would have no choice but to buy Scotland’s electricity generating surplus of around 25%. The UK government is significantly underplaying the important role that Scotland’s electricity plays in keeping the lights on across the UK.”
The respected energy academics also make clear that “compared to both English offshore wind and new nuclear build, Scottish onshore wind is much cheaper. Carrying out the threat in the energy paper would be as clear a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face as one can imagine.”
“These welcome remarks from well-respected academics in the energy sector simply confirm that the Westminster government has been more interested in scare stories than any sensible planning for the future.
“Scotland already exports significant amounts of energy to the rest of the UK and plays a vital role in keeping the lights on south of the border.
“That need for Scotland’s vast energy resources will not change after a Yes vote which is why it is simply common sense that an independent Scotland will work closely with the rest of the UK when it comes to energy policy.
“Scotland’s huge renewable resources have created thousands of jobs and will continue to do so as one of the most important sectors of an independent Scotland’s economy.
“Instead of silly scaremongering, it is long past time that the Westminster Government acknowledged that it will continue to need Scotland’s energy if the lights are to be kept on south of the border.”
Pictured is SNP MSP Dennis Robertson