From reader, Ludo Thierry:
Further to the excellent news about Orbital Marine Power’s successful funding venture to commence constructing their commercial scale tidal energy turbine (interestingly using a novel concept of suspending the turbine from a floating structure rather than attaching to the sea-bed) we have a good report from beeb Scotland concerning another completed (major) link in the ever expanding Scottish electricity transmission network – see link and snippets below:
Work has been completed on a £1bn subsea electricity link between Caithness and Moray.
The cable will allow renewable energy generated in the far north to be sent to areas of dense population in central Scotland.
The 100-mile-long cable is capable of carrying enough electricity to power three million homes.
Project leader SSE says it is the biggest single investment in the north of Scotland network since the 1950s.
The link uses a high voltage direct current to transmit power beneath the Moray Firth to a substation at Blackhillock near Keith.
Covering an area the size of 24 football pitches, it is the largest substation in the UK.
Project leader Dave Gardner said: “The successful energisation and commissioning of the Caithness-Moray link, on time and within budget, is a significant achievement for SSEN and everyone involved in the project.
“It will support deployment of renewable energy in the north of Scotland and beyond for many years to come.
The link is regarded as an important tool in tapping into Scotland’s abundance of renewable energy sources.
It is connected to the Beatrice offshore wind farm and the Doreness onshore farm in Caithness.
More sites in Caithness and Ross-shire are due to be connected in the next few months.
Another piece neatly fitted into the mosaic needed for a quick, smooth transition to Scottish Indy when the time comes.
Brilliant stuff! Great to read about this positive and newsworthy achievement. It’s truly incredulous that the MSM do not give more time or space to highlighting significant things like this.
You are aware that the Nat Grid is constructed, charge wise, to subsidise the SE of England.
The nearer the entry and roll point is to London, the lower the pay in charge.
Just outside London, per kW the Generator receives money.
Hinkley Point 2 the monstrous white elephant despite being hundreds of miles away from London, receives a pay in subsidy.
Another double hidden subsidy.
Guess who pays?
Scotland pays the lion’s share of the Grid’s costs.
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“The cable will allow renewable energy generated in the far north to be sent to areas of dense population in central Scotland.” This is, indeed, true, but indicates a bot of Centrocentric bias. I would hope that this cable and others (land based, too) are used to distribute energy around the north of Scotland to help the economic regeneration and repopulation.
Most of the renewables potential is in this part of Scotland and territorial waters and, because of the rigged electricity market regarding the “National” Grid, areas where the electricity is generated are charged MORE for supply because of transmission distance costs, i.e. distance from London and the South East. It is an example of the way in which the economies of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the north, midlands and south western parts of England are sacrificed for the benefit of London and the SE.
Having a good supply of energy, combined with improvements in transport, particularly rail and low emissions buses, would develop the economy and population of what are pretty sparsely populated areas. A determined land reform policy would break up the holdings of the larger landowners and make smaller parcels of land available to a wider range of individuals and communities to develop local enterprises and retain and grow population.
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Indie first then land reform and the end of Monarchy.
Oh, and reform of Press with removal of BBC to be replaced with SBC
Newspapers will need to registered and owned in Scotland.
Then reform of Political Parties to be registered and funded in Scotland with Oath of Allegiance to the Scottish People.
We will start with a blank page and it will be us to write our future