Balancing our energy portfolio

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• Scotland is set to lose over half its current electricity generating capacity due to closure of the coal-fired and nuclear power stations. • Scotland will then become a net importer of electricity generated from England and Wales.
• Under current UK policy, Scotland’s imported power will come from the proposed new fleet of nuclear power stations and from existing gas-fired power stations.
• Reducing Scottish and UK coal consumption to meet carbon targets may increase gas consumption for power production.
• The options for meeting future demand are: reducing demand, increasing onshore energy production, increasing offshore production; and increasing imports.
• Decisions have to be made on how to meet future energy requirements and what level of energy security risk is acceptable.
• Public education and debate is essential to avoid crisis decision-making
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of the Foundation for Science and Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2016


  • nuclear power
  • energy policy
  • Scotland
  • energy portfolio
  • renewable energy
  • energy future

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    Options for Scotland's energy future

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