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Blown off course

That the institute of Mechanical Engineers (‘Britain faces electricity supply crisis”, your report, 26 January) and now the CBI has warned of a looming serious gap in electricity supply because of premature closure of coal-fired power stations and closure of end-of-life nuclear stations is not news to the Scientific Alliance Scotland who have warned about it for some years.

The issue of electricity price in particular concerns the CBI since EU competitors pay less.

The failures here are only too easy to explain. Generally policy has been hamstrung by the SNP’s narrow constitutional view with 100 per cent renewables, largely wind, used as a political slogan for independence without making the public aware of the drawbacks.

Security of supply should have been the priority instead of the intermittent and unreliable mess we now have. Currently there are some 5,000 built or approved wind turbines in Scotland each of which costs between £1-2 million. If that investment of £5-10 billion had been used to build some eight to ten gas-fired power stations, we would now have security of supply, reduced emissions and left Scottish wilderness where it should be; undamaged.

Instead we have a government that listens to unqualified environmental lobby groups who seemingly wallow in the environmental destruction their policy has caused.

(Prof) Tony Trewavas FRS FRSE

Scientific Alliance 
Scotland

North St David Street

Edinburgh