There needs to be a full review of the costs that will arrive from the ban on fossil fuels – Herald Letters
YOUR article on the costly subsidies given out to the smart meter industry
(“Costly smart meter plan has not been very clever”, Herald Business, March
24) highlights the huge payments provided to the renewables industry that
receive little attention from the politicians at Holyrood.
The problem in Scotland is that the consequences of such policies are never
debated yet there is a proposal from the CEO of Scottish Power that, as
renewable energy is too expensive, the cost must be transferred to the
taxpayer. Voters are still awaiting a response from the Finance Secretary
as to whether she will include such a policy in her party manifesto for the
2021 election. The mistake by Alex Salmond and his deputy in failing to
ensure that the English interconnector was expanded in line with every
planning application for Scottish wind farms means there will be billions
of pounds paid by the taxpayer in constraint payments over the summer as
the current system does not have the capacity to export the excess energy
Surely it is time that Holyrood pays a body such as the Fraser of Allander
to carry out a review of the subsidy and infrastructure bills that will
arise from a ban on fossil fuels.
Ian Moir, Castle Douglas.