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Scotland faces energy crisis by 2020

Dash for Scottish renewables is creating an “economic cuckoo” which threatens security of Scotland’s energy supplies.

Scientific Alliance Scotland has welcomed a report written by Professor Jack Ponton of the Alliance and John Williams, Chairman of the Borders Network of Conservation Groups, which claims that by 2020 Scotland will be generating a huge surplus of heavily subsidised renewable electricity which it can neither use, sell nor store.  The report, published in the energy sector’s Scottish Energy News, states that the costs of producing this surplus will run into billions of pounds, and asks how the Scottish Government will deal with it.

Professor Jack Ponton of the Scientific Alliance Scotland said: “This crisis has been widely predicted and is entirely the consequence of reducing Scotland’s ability to balance electricity demand by rapidly increasing the variable supply from wind generated power.  Wind energy is intermittent, not secure, and cannot be stored in the quantities required. Guaranteed subsidies to wind generators make this sector the only logical investment for energy companies. No conventional, dependable generation is being built and Scotland’s largest dependable generator, Longannet, will close due to lack of profitability."

He continued: “Ironically, the crisis is a double one of shortages combined with very costly surpluses.  Sometimes there will be a shortage of supply which could lead to power cuts unless we import electricity from elsewhere, while at other times there will be an excess of production which cannot be used or stored but for which consumers and taxpayers will still have to pay.  Anyone doubting this should note that Scotland imported electricity from England on 162 days in the last three years.”

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