Scotland benefits by paying for its energy, not UK’s mistakes

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Could Scotland benefit from having an independent electricity system? Our report published this week found that it could – if it meant Scotland paying for (and benefiting from) its own renewable energy, without having to pay for the expensive UK nuclear power programme recently agreed south of the border.

The Scottish government has committed itself to a target of meeting all its electricity demand from renewable energy by 2020. It has also refused to allow new nuclear power stations to be built in Scotland. The problem for a nuclear-free Scotland is two-fold.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2013

Bibliographical note

David Toke received funding from the ESRC for the project 'Delivering Renewable Energy Under Devolution' (2011-13).


  • Renewable energy
  • Nuclear energy
  • Energy
  • Scottish independence
  • Subsidies
  • Nuclear power
  • Scotland


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