Who Gains From Scotland's Wind Power?

"A windfarm just 15 kilometres off the Fife coast is owned by the State Electricity companies of France and Ireland. The Turbines are being manufactured by a Spanish company at a yard in England. They’re then being taken to the windfarm by a Norwegian boat to be hooked up by cable laid by a Belgian firm. Taken ashore by cable laid by an Italian company to make profits for the citizens of France and the Republic of Ireland. Meanwhile, a Scottish yard lies desolate in Fife and companies across Scotland are struggling to survive. At the same time Scottish and UK seafarers are being made redundant in favour of cheaper foreign labour. And all the while Scots are freezing in their homes unable to pay their electricity bills even when many can see turbines from their homes."

Energy Rich Scotland Pays The Highest Electricity Bills In The World

"Energy Action Scotland (EAS) analysed Scottish energy statistics, following the UK government’s “historic intervention” in the energy market and a pledge that average bills will not rise above £2,500 for the next two years. The analysis, making use of official Scottish energy statistics, shows that across Scotland the typical dual-fuel bill has gone up from £1,375.97 last year to £3,302.45 as of October 1st. Rural areas are worst hit – as they don’t have access to the gas network which is priced more cheaply"

Independent Scotland Would Be Wealthy Enough To Fund A Just Transition To Renewables – And Lower Electricity Bills

"England imports most of its energy from Scotland. But Scots don’t benefit from that – they are charged more in energy bills than the rest of the UK. If an independent Scotland had replicated Norway’s policy of creating a sovereign wealth fund, it would now be, per capita, the wealthiest country in the world. It could use its sovereign wealth fund to protect consumers from the energy crisis and invest in a meaningful way in a just transition."

Renewable Power - Scotland Risks Being Left Behind

"The UK Government has failed to put in place any market incentives to build pumped storage in Scotland. There are two projects near Loch Ness which have been granted permission by the Scottish Government, which would more than double the entire UK’s pumped storage capacity. A third, at Loch Awe is at the proposal stage. But developers have not yet started work on any of these. For a business to embark on a big infrastructure project like this, which will take many years to build and use, usually requires Government incentives. The UK Government is coming under pressure to provide this – but an independent Scotland could have done it years ago, when Norway started its projects."