Davey: Scotland split to hurt RE

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey

Scotland’s bid for independence is undermining the investment case for Scottish renewables, as the country’s electricity market is not large enough to support its ambitions for wind, wave and tidal power, warns UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

In comments to be made today, Davey points out that at present 37% of support under the UK’s Renewables Obligation system goes to Scotland – equivalent to £530m ($803m) per year. Yet only 9% of UK electricity sales are in Scotland.

“Would an independent Scotland be able to deliver the same support to renewables on the back of a domestic electricity market that is only one-tenth the size of the UK?” Davey will ask at the All-Energy conference kicking off today in Aberdeen.

“As part of the British energy market, Scotland and its Log in to read complete article.

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