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Developers EDPR have put in proposals for another massive offshore windfarm off the Moray coast to take advantage of the high and sustainable winds constantly available there. It will be able to power 750 000 homes. We already know of the Beatrice (Moray coast), offshore windfarm which will do 450 000 homes, the 45MWh Neart na Goithe off Fife which will do 325 000 homes (1 million people) and the 50MWh Kincardineshire floating offshore farm which will presumably do even more, say 500 000 homes.
Add to that the Pentland Firth tidal energy plant which will power 700 000 homes and you have a total of around 2 725 000 homes. How many homes have we got for only 5.3 million folk.
Massive economic benefit for Scottish economy from 84-turbine offshore windfarm
New giant wind-farm off Fife coast to create 500 jobs and supply 325 000 homes
A second ‘biggest in the world’ for Scotland’s renewable energy sector
As world’s largest tidal energy plant in Pentland Firth generates 1GWh which is enough for 700 000 homes, will Scotland become the most energy-rich country in Europe?
Add to that, again, that our onshore windfarms have on occasions produced more than 100% of the country’s entire energy needs.
And, add to that, again, the giant gas fields west of Shetland being tapped by Total that could according to BBC Scotland (!) supply the whole of Scotland.
Add to that the huge profits still to be made from North Sea and West of Shetland oil fields.
Estimates of Scotland’s oil reserves West of Shetland now massively increased to around 8 billion barrels! ‘A super-resource now on the cards.’
Add to that our trade surplus.
England ran a massive trade deficit in 2014 and 2015 too. Scotland had an even greater surplus in those years. Who knows how much we’ve been subsidising the UK balance of payments and reducing debt over the years?
Take into account that 25 of the 26 GERS financial figures are estimates and that the whole fracking thing is a propaganda exercise
We are witnesses to only the early stages an energy boom of enormous scale which will transform the economic prospects of this wee country if only we can shed the Union.
I haven’t even mentioned solar power. It’s too wee yet.
Not forgetting hydro power.
Meantime we have the enormous privilege of paying to put this electricity into the National Grid for pooling and sharing purposes.
Yes, I’d forgotten hydro, thanks and regrettably you’re correct on the other matter….until the great day in 2020.
Cracking post Prof. Collated like this you can really envisage an incredibly successful future for the Scottish energy industry and hopefully our economy more generally – how I wish I’d been good at engineering!
Good morning. Al Gore in the film “An Inconvenient Sequel:Truth to Power” says that on 7/8/16 Scotland generated 106% of consumption from onshore wind. It’s great that he does, especially as he emphasises the importance of energy from solar. I did a quick internet search on the 7/8/16 fact, and it was reported on USA sites, such as Santa Monica Observer.
Again, many thanks for your great work on Talking Up Scotland.
Thanks Exile for this info. Didn’t know that about the Al gore film
All good news, and a great site, John. Although “super-scale” or something similar might have better initial impact than the negative “monstrous”. (Best not to give the critics any encouragement!).
Also a shout-out for Newmains Primary in Renfrew, one of Renfrewshire’s schools involved in the big Scottish Government initiative to close the attainment gap. Class P2/1 won the John Downing Award 2017 in the UK-wide competition, “Our Class Loves This Book”.
Thanks for the site,
Thanks John. Support much appreciated and good to hear your news too.
Well done John putting this together.
Yup we will have plenty energy to sell across the board, but we will only see a benefit for
our people, if we get rid of THAT albatross around our necks. The one who bleeds us dry.
Wake up people, we can do it, after, we will all be amazed at how much funds we will gather
to makes our lives and future generations much better than now.
Well done yourself. Well put.