Maggie Wynton raises the issue of Grid transmission charges of 19p in
Scotland but London power generators get a subsidy of 6p per kilowatt
(Letters, February 10).
Charges for the Grid are dependent on distance and that electricity is lost
during the transmission process.
The English have power plants near centres of population, thus transmission
costs are lower. In Scotland, the Grid had to be extended to reach distant
wind farms hence the difference.
The Beauly to Denny power line alone cost well over £820 million and was
built for the sole purpose of transmitting the wind electricity generated
in the north of Scotland 137 miles to the central belt where it is needed.
A long way and just think of all the extra emissions created from pylons,
transport, concrete and cables.