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Salmond told green targets impossible

Energy experts have warned Alex Salmond that his ambitious plans for renewable energy in an independent Scotland are “politically unachievable” because the rest of the UK would be unlikely to continue subsidising them, the Herald Scotland reported.

An independent study by five academics, led by Dr David Toke of Birmingham University, suggests emotion rather than hard-headed financial considerations might be governing the approach of the First Minister and his colleagues and that if they relied on the latter they might see “continued union as providing a basis for the achievement of good progress towards Scottish renewable targets”.

The experts also warn of higher energy bills for Scots under independence, as a significant expansion of Scottish-based off-shore renewables would “lead to considerable increases in Scottish electricity prices, something that a Scottish Government would find hard to sustain politically”.

However, the Scottish Government said the experts were mistaken and that the UK not only “needs Scotland’s electricity to meet its own renewables targets but also to help keep the lights on south of the Border”.

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