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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.
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.
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.