Shift in wind direction

Imust take issue with two points in your story about wind energy in ‘Keep on Running’, 9 October. First, wind energy is the cheapest new renewable available in Scotland. The seven projects awarded contracts in SRO2 were bid in at less than 2.94p per kilowatt hour. Furthermore, the SRO is not designed to provide contracts […]

Imust take issue with two points in your story about wind energy in ‘Keep on Running’, 9 October. First, wind energy is the cheapest new renewable available in Scotland. The seven projects awarded contracts in SRO2 were bid in at less than 2.94p per kilowatt hour. Furthermore, the SRO is not designed to provide contracts for existing renewables plant.

Second, wind does not come on line at hydro expense. The report ‘An Assessment of the Potential Renewable Energy Resource in Scotland’ showed that up to 300MW of favourably located new generation could be connected without any significant alterations to the transmission system, 100MW in the Hydro Electric area and the remainder in Scottish Power’s area.

{{Gaynor HartnellTechnical and Policy AnalystBritish Wind Energy AssociationLondon}}

By Scottish Hydro-Electric plc, the Scottish Office, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with support from the convention of Scottish Local Authorities, December 1993.