Professor Trewavas (Platform, 7 December) examines the costs of wind farms to UK consumers but already the situation has changed.
Westminster has bowed to pressure from industry, including the CO2-producing cement sector, and has declared that the domestic consumer, rather than industry, will foot the green energy cost.
Thus Professor Trewavas is correct but the calculations are even more transparent. What will be the Scottish response?
We currently have 61 per cent of the UK wind farms but only 8 per cent of the domestic consumers.
Will we few domestic users pay for all the green energy arising from Scottish soil should independence come?
As knowledgeable individuals and scientific and economic bodies with suitably qualified members continue to present realities, governments, and particularly the Scottish Parliament, offer only the seasonal pantomime response, “Oh yes we can”, with no supporting arguments.
Consider the analysis by Paul Younger, Professor of engineering, presented on Newsnight Scotland (5 December), showing that reliance on wind will lead to daytime power shortages requiring the purchase of nuclear-generated power from elsewhere.
The response by a Scottish Government spokesman? Renewable power was a “secure and reliable” source of energy.
Watch out, Scotland – the Grim Reaper with a turbine in his hands is behind you. “Oh no he’s not”!
(Prof) Bruce Hobbs
Steuart Campbell (Letters, 7 December) is totally wrong in his analysis of what might happen to Scotland if we do not proceed to build another nuclear power station.
To suggest that Scotland will have to import nuclear electricity from England to keep the lights on is risible.
The facts are as follows. With Peterhead, Hunterston B (now till 2023), Torness (probably now until 2030), Longannet, a new gas-fired station at Cockenzie, 1,500 MWs of conventional hydro, 800MWs of pumped storage and even 5,000 MWs of onshore wind by end 2013, Scotland has an enviable mix of generating capacity and is in no danger of running short of electricity until 2025.
Indeed we will still be exporting to England. To build another nuclear power station in Scotland would be for export only, yet England seems to be having a lot of trouble getting even one nuclear station off the ground there to replace the several shortly about to close. The fact is that new nuclear electricity is expensive.
It seems that the next generation of nuclear power stations, even if built on time and to budget, will produce electricity at the same cost as massively subsidised offshore wind.
Because of serious negligence and prevarication from Westminster, England really is facing an electricity crunch, despite massive imports from Scotland and France.
Their recently announced decision to have a second “dash for gas” will soon run into its climate change obligations, and it most likely will be forced to turn to Scotland to import renewable electricity to keep its carbon emissions down.
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