Oh, I so wish!


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Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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  1. Brian Bell says:

    A new target to generate the equivalent of half of Scotland’s electricity needs from renewable energy by 2015 has been set by the first minister.

    Alex Salmond revealed the target at the RenewableUK conference in Glasgow.

    I can’t find details of how this is to be achieved but it can only be by building more wind farms as SSE’s new pumped storage facility at Coire Glas won’t be on stream before then?

    The Fat Controller is sticking up two fingers to the Scottish people.

    I don’t have a problem with Coire Glas. I’d rather see these schemes than windmills any day. If the visualisations on SSE website are accurate then all most people will see will be some infrastructure at low level. I can live with it.

    Salmond ups Scottish clean energy target to 50 per cent by 2015

    New interim goal announced as nation’s largest hydroelectric scheme moves forward

    By BusinessGreen staff

    31 Oct 2012

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    Scotland aims to meet half of its electricity demand from renewable sources by 2015 under new targets unveiled by First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday.

    Salmond told a renewable energy industry conference the new goal was “ambitious, but achievable,” adding that Scotland’s electricity generation capacity is now expected to exceed demand by around 35 per cent in 2015, allowing the country to export power to the rest of the UK.


    · Renewable energy will overtake nuclear power by 2018, research says

    · IEA charts path to double global hydroelectricity supply

    Scotland already has stretching clean energy goals, with the ultimate aim of being entirely powered by renewables by the end of the decade. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures show Scotland met 35 per cent of its electricity demand from renewables last year – beating the interim target of 31 per cent.

    Raising its interim goals further would present Scotland with a “massive economic opportunity”, the First Minister said, helping it build on the current 11,000 Scottish green energy jobs and the £2.3bn committed to low carbon projects in the last year – more than any other part of the UK.

    “When I became First Minister in 2007, I inherited a target for 50 per cent of Scotland’s electricity to be produced by renewable sources by 2020,” Salmond said. “We now know that we can achieve much more than that, more quickly – having already exceeded our 2011 target.

    “I believe creating more clean energy is essential for Scotland and this target provides three benefits in particular – energy security; environmental sustainability; and employment opportunities.”

    The news came on the same day an £800m SSE-backed hydroelectricity scheme edged closer to reality after Highland Council raised no objections to the project.

    The Scottish government will now take a decision on the Coire Glas pumped storage scheme proposed for the Great Glen, but the local authority’s decision holds significant sway.

    If approved, the Coire Glas project would be the largest hydro project to be built in Scotland and the first brand new pumped storage scheme to be developed in Britain since work began on the Dinorwig scheme in Wales in 1974. Construction should take between five and six years.

    The proposed scheme would see water pumped from nearby Loch Lochy to a newly constructed reservoir at Loch a’ Choire Ghlais using cheap electricity during periods of low demand. At peak times, the water would be released downhill via an underground cavern power station to create electricity.

    Colin Nicol, SSE’s director of onshore renewables, welcomed the council’s decision and said the scheme would be of substantial benefit to the Highlands.

    “We believe it would make a valuable contribution to meeting our future energy needs by allowing surplus energy to be stored and made available at times of high demand,” he added.

    “A project of this scale would bring significant positive benefits to the communities which surround it and we are committed to maximising these benefits to the local communities, businesses and suppliers should the scheme be consented by ministers.”


    Brian Bell


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