The Scientific Alliance Scotland (SA Scotland) has described the latest renewables policy announcements from the Scottish Government as “delusional”. Yesterday the First Minister announced a new target of 50% of Scotland’s electricity demand to be met from “green power” by 2015 – five years earlier than the 2020 target set in 2007. At the same time, Highland Council approved the £800 million Coire Glas hydroelectric power scheme near Spean Bridge.
Meanwhile, south of the Border, common sense in the renewables debate, so lacking over the last decade, seems to have prevailed at last. John Hayes, recently appointed energy minister in the Coalition government, has signalled that he believes “enough is enough” in terms of future onshore windfarm development. He has ordered a new study on the arguments for onshore wind to form the basis for future government policy, rather than following what he described as “a bourgeois Left article of faith based on some academic perspective.”
Scientific Alliance Scotland Chairman Professor Tony Trewavas said: “It is becoming increasingly clear that the arguments put forward by the pro wind green lobby in support of onshore wind have no scientific substance. At last government ministers in the UK have woken up to the huge financial scam being perpetrated on the electorate. Sadly here in Scotland, the penny has yet to drop with Alex Salmond and the Scottish Government and taxpayers’ money continues to be splashed on ridiculously expensive energy schemes like windfarms and unnecessary hydroelectric schemes which may actually use more electricity than they produce. The hugely optimistic expectations and crippling costs of many of our publically funded renewable energy schemes also calls into question the performance of Audit Scotland.”