Dash for Scottish renewables is creating an ‘economic cuckoo’ which threatens security of Scotland’s power supplies

Scientific Alliance Jack Ponton power chart graphic Feb 2015By Prof. JACK PONTON and JOHN WILLIAMS

By 2020, Scotland will be generating a huge surplus of heavily subsidised renewable electricity that it cannot use, sell or store.

The cost implications of producing this surplus will run into billions of pounds, and experts are now demanding that the Scottish Government confirms how it will deal with this huge green surplus – just as Scotland’s cheapest source of electricity – Longannet coal-fired power station, faces closure.

This crisis has been widely predicted. It is entirely a consequence of reducing Scotland’s ability to balance electricity demand by rapidly increasing the variable supply from wind generated power. Wind power is intermittent, it is not secure, and it cannot be stored in the quantities required.

Given the Scottish Government’s renewable energy policy, the crisis is, ….Read the full POLICY PLATFORM article at Scottish Energy News: goo.gl/wyjzPC

 

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