83% Increase in Electricity Transfers FROM Scotland TO England & Wales missed by our NoMedia


These UK Government figures, released two days ago, reveal the massive and increasing level of transfer of electricity from Scotland to England. In 2018 only, the transfer rate increased from 13 512 GWh to nearly 25 000 GWh. 1 GWh would heat 700 000 homes! This 83% increase is hidden in the above 53.8% increase total adopted.

Note that the ratio of transfers from Scotland to England compared with those from England to Scotland is 25 to 1!


Thanks to @Tam__Jardine for alerting me to this.



5 thoughts on “83% Increase in Electricity Transfers FROM Scotland TO England & Wales missed by our NoMedia

  1. Terry callachan April 1, 2019 / 10:58 am

    Funny this because I was with eon (German) then I moved to much cheaper first utility(English) two years ago then I moved to cheaper still our power(Scottish based in Edinburgh and not for profit ran by housing associations) a year ago.
    Our power during 2018 expanded from supplying Scottish homes only to include England midlands and south east but in December 2018 went into liquidation.
    Ofgem the watchdog informed me they had moved me to Utilita (English) jan 2019.
    Feb 2019 I moved myself to bulb who were cheaper and I didn’t want the smart meter Utilita wanted to install in my house.
    Feb 2019 Utilita wrote to me saying they were increasing my charges .
    Feb 2019 bulb wrote to me saying they were reducing my charges because wholesale fuel costs had decreased .
    During all this time what annoyed me is that I living in Scotland was being charged higher rates of had and electricity than people in England I was shocked to find that even our power the not for profit Scottish Edinburgh based company charged their Scottish customers more per KWh for gas and electricity than they were charging their customers in the English Midlands and English south east.
    Furthermore the Scottish customers they charged the highest rates were those in the Hebrides and I thought to myself when I recently drove the Scottish highland 500 I could see lots and lots of wind power generators but few dwellings.
    The wave power generated around Scotland I believe is fed on land to somewhere in England too I’m sure I read that somewhere not long ago.
    All in all it seams to me that Scotland is producing the power ,being charged the highest rates for it and supplying England with it cheaper.

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    • Alasdair Macdonald April 1, 2019 / 12:16 pm

      Exactly! This is one of the reasons why Westminster is so keen to hold on to Scotland. All that energy is being transferred south and WE PAY MORE!

      Of course, it is well known that we are ‘subsidy junkies’. I write this sitting in Lewisham looking across the Thames at the towers of Canary Wharf and the City and watch the Docklands Light Railway tootling back and forth. Most of these were built at public expense (largely from the proceeds of Scottish oil and gas). This public expenditure was laude by a high heid yin in the City as being ‘important’, ‘essential for the country’ (Aye, whose country, hen?), while public expenditure for Scotland, Wales NI, the NE and SW of England, East Anglia, etc was throwing good money after bad, propping up crumbling industries and paying for workshy loafers.

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  2. Ken Johnston April 2, 2019 / 8:48 am

    Before the 2014 ref., ours, there was a National Grid webpage where you could see in real time the energy transfers.
    Any time I looked, the flow was N to S, never reversed. If I remember rightly, somewhere about 1 gig. Also flows from France and Belgium th England.
    We, Scotland, also fed a line to N.I.
    The page disappeared before the ref.
    Just like the oil west of Shetland.


  3. Derek Hopgood April 5, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    Aye, but the flow back the way increased by over 100%!! Nowhere near the volume though, for sure. Just to compare year on year energy flow in one direction gives a false impression : with the closure of Longannet there will be increasing bi-directional trade to compensate for the fluctuating nature of renewable energy.

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