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The truths they don't want you to read....

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Grid charges

The report commissioned by HIE on grid charging from Xero Energy is excellent as it clearly demonstrates that the locations where the power is and the opportunities exist are those areas who have to pay most.

Using pan-European comparisons it shows in a very simple manner just how badly done by we are, and more importantly just what we could be achieving were the playing-field to be level.

What the report doesn't address (as it isn't in it's remit) is the local political position.

All the economic incentives in the world won't bring renewable energy to the Western Isles as long as our MP and MSP continue to oppose the massive opportunities that exist in wind, wave and tidal because they do not want to understand the bigger picture, preferring to focus their attention on one specific element.

What is doubly frustrating is that no alternatives are being offered, or actively sought, by the opponents of renewable energy, simply continuing dependence on the state, rather than doing something for ourselves.

As I have said before, our average income should be 50% higher than it is, yet too many people seem happy to keep us in poverty by denying us the opportunities.

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