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Electricity bills up by 58% to meet targets

Electricity bills will increase by more than 50 per cent if renewable targets are to be met by the UK Government.

According to The Herald, chair of the South of Scotland Electricity Board and ScottishPower Donald Miller warned the cost to households would increase by that amount if ministers were to meet their target of 30 per cent or more of electricity coming from renewable sources by 2020.

It would mean the average annual electricity bill of £489 for Scottish homes would go up by £283.62 to more than £773 a year within the next eight years.

These calculations have been submitted as part of an inquiry into the Scottish Government’s targets by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

The former engineer, who favours a mix of energy sources including nuclear, also claims Scottish Government targets imply a four-fold expansion of wind power in Scotland, offshore and on land, within a period of eight years.

He said: “This seems unlikely and not least because of resistance to a proliferation of wind farms onshore.”

Sir Donald said that assuming 90 per cent of these extra costs will eventually appear in our cost of living and household bills, in addition to the 58 per cent increase in domestic electricity bills, the final increase in household bills is almost beyond calculation and that is without taking account of any higher costs from the Scottish Government’s 100 per cent target.