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NATIONAL GRID FIGURES DEMOLISH CASE FOR TRANSMISSION CHARGES

March 16, 2017

West Dumfries Branch of the SNP

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National Grid figures showing that a power station in Lands’ End would expect to be subsidised for its electricity have blown a hole in attempts to claim that current transmission charges reflect proximity to population centres.

The latest transmission charges that will come into effect in April show that a power station located at Lands’ End would receive the maximum subsidy of £5.80 per KW while Longannet faces charges of £17.15 per KW. This is despite the fact that Cornwall’s entire population is under 500,000 and Lands’ End is 316 miles away from London. In contrast, Longannet is in the central belt of Scotland and is 421 miles away from London.

Scottish Power has made clear that the burden of transmission charges are disadvantaging Scotland and that Longannet’s future will depend on whether a deal can be reached with the National Grid.
Cllr Douglas Chapman
Commenting, SNP candidate for Dunfermline and West Fife…

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