THE UK’s new energy minister has suggested an independent Scotland would not be able to “keep the lights on” as she claimed the SNP’s policy on renewables would not meet the nation’s needs for electricity.
Amber Rudd who was appointed to the energy brief by David Cameron in last month’s ministerial reshuffle said the SNP’s flagship policy of generating all of Scotland’s energy needs from renewables such as wind power would fail.
During a visit to Edinburgh yesterday, the Conservative MP claimed Alex Salmond’s renewables plan was not properly costed.
She said: “Renewables is part of the mix and not the whole mix as the SNP suggests.
“If an independent Scotland relied on renewables 100 per cent, I’d want to know how they would pay for that and keep the lights on.”