Scotland’s electricity export ‘success’ subsidised by its own customers – England & Wales

Posted: October 24, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, Subsidies, wind
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Artist’s impression [credit: ScottishPower Renewables]

Wind power sent from Scotland to the rest of the UK mainland receives heavy financial backing from all UK power consumers in the form of subsidies and constraint payments charged against bills. Such subsidies would presumably stop if Scotland left the UK.
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Scottish exports rose in 2019 by more than £3.5bn, buoyed by trade with the rest of the UK, new figures show.

Statistics published by the Scottish Government show exports of £35.1bn outside the UK, an increase of £1.1bn (3.4%) during that year, says

Trade with the rest of the UK totalled £52bn, an increase of £2.5bn (5%).

The increase to the rest of Britain was driven by a boost in electricity exports of around 33.6% (£1.8bn), while the services sector accounted for a £725m jump, the agricultural sector exported £1.1bn – an increase of £230m – while manufacturing exports dropped by £350m.

The rest of the UK accounted for 60% of the total exports of Scotland.

Full article here.

  1. Tom says:

    Not only the subsidies, which oblige Nat Grid to use whatever energy wind produces, it requires
    running gas turbines on simple cycle to reduce output creates more CO2 and far less efficient.

  2. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Enron accounting.

  3. Johna says:

    So the nett result is more lost business all UK electricity consumers paying more subsidy to make the third most dearest electricity money can buy (all-in nuclear 1st, tidal 2nd) and an alleged chancer in No10 and his connection next door bragging on how to make the UK more competitive with “high tech” jobs that were old hat a very long time ago Right?

  4. oldbrew says:

    14m trees have been cut down in Scotland to make way for wind farms
    The Herald |
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    If it helps to ‘keep the lights on’ in England&Wales, who in Scottish government cares? 😣

  5. Phil Salmon says:

    Curiously at this moment on U.K. gridwatch we are exporting more than a GW to France, rather than the other way around. What’s the story there? Are the Germans leaning on France to shut down nuclear like they have with the Belgians?

    Quite high nuclear generation in the U.K. just now at about 5 GW, second highest contributor after wind (but stable and on demand so worth more).

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    They are not exports. SNP propoganda.

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