MOAN knows that renewable energy in Scotland is Salmond’s vanity project legacy, and the closing of Longannet power station is mostly due to wind power over capacity.
WHEN YOU embark on a vanity project to prove the green moral superiority of your government it can have unintended consequences.
When those consequences result in the premature loss of peoples’ jobs – at Longannet for example – then it provides ample opportunity for some 180 degree grievance stoking.
Rather than look at the real cause, over capacity, why not take the chance to yet again drone on about the evils and inherent oppression of Alba by Westmonster?
And that’s exactly what grievance merchants like Joan McAlpine list MSP do – they see it as their Nationalistic/patriotic duty.
Longannet is the perfect pawn in this game of crooked energy chess for the likes of Joanie. It’s too much to resist.
It’s easy to blame higher transmission charges levied on the likes of Longannet. But much of that charge is a heady mix of Scotland’s over capacity and distance from the centres of power consumption.
The further away you are from the those centres- in Scotland’s case that’s England’s cities – the more you’re charged for the power going onto the grid. The transmission charge rewards generators close to the centres of consumption – it allegedly aids efficiency and cuts down on power loss over long distance. It’s not perfect but there is logic in it.
According to Joanie’s brand of grievance stoking logic, it’s a deliberate ploy by those English basturts doon sooth tryin’ tae dae us doon and keep us in oor place. Or something.
National Grid tells us that Scotland generates 11 gigawatts of power but our peak demand is only 5.4 gigawatts. That’s a problem of over capacity – exacerbated by all those lovely windmills out there.
Due to the vagaries of the transmission system it results in higher charges to the electricity generators.
The irony of Joanie’s Daily Redcoat 1314 gigawatt grievance generation is that she claims Europe demonstrates how energy transmission should be done. And she might have a point.
What she omits however, in the whole of her whining rant, is that due to rules formulated in Europe, Longannet would be closing down in 2020 anyway due to EU emissions directives and carbon pricing.
But that inconvenient information would get in the way of her grievance narrative, so it’s conveniently ignored.
It’s another example of why you should always be on guard when Nationalists claim they have Scotland’s best interests at heart.
Nationalists have Nationalists best interests at heart. That interest is power. And I don’t mean the electricity kind.