LOCATION/TYPE

NEWS HOME

[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Archive
RSS

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

WHAT TO DO
when your community is targeted

RSS

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Paypal

Donate via Stripe

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Wind farm charges may fall but island generators still hit hardest 

Credit:  By Peter Ranscombe, www.scotsman.com 21 December 2011 ~~

Wind farm developers in Scotland could see cuts of up to 60 per cent in the costs of using the electricity grid under plans announced yesterday by energy regulator Ofgem.

While the industry and politicians welcomed the proposal to reduce transmission charges following a long-running campaign, they warned that the plans would make generation on the Scottish islands up to seven times more expensive than on the mainland.

Under the proposals, the method for charging for transmission using the high voltage grid network would continue to be location-based, with generators paying more if they are sited further from areas of high electricity demand.

But Ofgem said changes could be introduced to reflect the growth of renewable energy, which would take more account of the type of generation and how often the network is being used to transmit power.

The proposed changes would save a large wind farm in the north of Scotland an estimated £1.5 million in costs a year.

Niall Stuart, chief executive of industry body Scottish Renewables, described the proposal as a “step towards fairer charges for projects on the Scottish mainland”. He said: “The changes will make the industry more competitive and allow it to invest more heavily in technologies and the skills of the workforce.”

But Stuart said the review of charges under Ofgem’s “Project TransmiT” would also make renewable electricity generation from wind and marine energy on the Scottish islands up to seven times more expensive than on the mainland.

“This would mean the proposed Stornoway wind farm paying more than £11m annually compared to a £300,000 charge for an equivalent-sized project in south-west England,” he said.

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing said he was concerned that the proposals did “not go far enough in delivering a solution on transmission charges for Scotland and in particular our island communities”.

Transmission charges account for 4 per cent of households’ power bills. Ofgem will make a decision in April after hearing industry views. The changes could be in force from 2013.

Source:  By Peter Ranscombe, www.scotsman.com 21 December 2011

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)
Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)

Share:

e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share


News Watch Home

Get the Facts
CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.

 Follow:

Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon