Sturgeon has given Scotland a tremendous boost in terms of independence, claiming that Scotland can run itself “without Westminster.”
NICOLA STURGEON’S independence campaign has received a major boost after an expert in energy politics told This website that Scotland could function on renewable energy “without Westminster backing.”
The Scottish National Party (SNP) is thought to be preparing to push for a second independence referendum. Scotland has some of the best wind-harvesting conditions in Europe, therefore renewable energy was a big component of the first independence fight. Dr. David Toke of the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Politics and International Relations produced a research at the time on the viability of Scotland standing alone.
In 2013, he and four other researchers wrote that Scotland’s “political backing for renewable energy development” is “based on something of a paradox.”
“Put simply, the Scottish Government’s high ambitions for renewable energy would be politically impossible without the subsidies paid by electricity consumers in the rest of the UK,” they continued.
Dr. Toke has told This website that “things have changed quite a bit” in the eight years since they first met.
“The cost of onshore and offshore wind has declined by substantial amounts, meaning that, given the cost of wind power is now a lot cheaper than the present wholesale electricity price, they would be able to finance their own renewable energy program without Westminster support,” he noted in an exclusive interview.
“That is assuming no significant increases in consumer energy prices.
“In fact, given Scotland’s significantly greater wind resources, they may be able to generate cash by exporting power from Scotland to England in order to reach the net zero targets in the most cost-effective way feasible.
“That would be a fascinating turn of events.”
Scotland just failed a target to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of its electricity demand from renewables by 2020, according to data released in March.
According to latest estimates, renewable energy accounted for 97.4 percent of the total.
This goal was established in 2011, when renewable technologies only met 37% of national demand.
Scottish Renewables, a trade group, said output has tripled in the last decade, with enough power to power the equivalent of seven million homes.
Scotland was estimated to be producing enough wind energy to power the country twice over in 2019.
It came after the Scottish government’s 2014 independence blueprint claimed that the United Kingdom should have a unified currency. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”