The report in yesterday’s Scottish Energy News
Labour’s Shadow UK Energy spokesman Tom Greatrex has responded to the Scot-Government’s warning that consumers across the UK face the prospect of higher energy bills as a result of the looming shortage in UK electricity generation plant.
Greatrex, MP for Cambuslang, near Glasgow, said: “”The Nationalist energy spokesman in Holyrood <Fergus Ewing, MSP, Scottish Energy Minister> seems not to understand that tightening of capacity margins across all of the UK will not be solved through intermittent wind generation from here in Scotland.
“The margins tighten when the wind isn’t blowing, and with an increasingly imbalanced energy mix in Scotland, that is more of a future risk for us than the rest of the UK if we walk away from the UK’s single energy market.
“The SNP blithely assert that if Scotland leaves the UK consumers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will continue to subsidise renewables in Scotland because our power will be needed by the rest of the UK – without explaining why there would be a residual obligation from a foreign country to pay for our energy investment on their consumers bills.
“With Scotland receiving around a third of the UK’s entire renewables support with less than a tenth of the population, it is self-evident that the current pooling and sharing benefits generators here in Scotland.”