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15 Nov 2010 11:11:09

Power generation market 'should be level playing field'

Power generation market 'should be level playing field'
A new market structure is needed which will allow equal investment in thermal, renewable and nuclear power stations, a top Scottish business leader has claimed.

Rupert Soame, head of the power group Aggreko, recently suggested that Scotland's energy supply could be in trouble within the next decade under current renewable energy targets.

In an interview with Herald Scotland, he suggested that a new market structure is needed to "allow as far as possible a level playing field between renewables, nuclear and thermal power stations".

Mr Soame said that, instead of the current system of Renewable Obligation Certificates, there should instead be a price placed on carbon, which makes sustainable sources of power more attractive.

He also told the news provider that intentions towards carbon capture and storage technologies (CCS) were "unrealistic".

"The idea that CCS is going to be able to contribute significantly to power generation inside of 15 or 20 years is bonkers," Mr Soame said.

In September, Scotland increased its renewable energy target to 80 percent in year 2020, as the country is due to exceed its 2011 interim target.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800235265-ADNFCR

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R Annett wrote:

18 Nov 2010

Mr Soames makes out that if you answer yes to any of these questions that you should not be allowed to speak for the UKs future generation policy - he would ask you to not contribute;
Do you believe that we can de-carbonise power generation without significant amounts of nuclear power?
Do you believe that we can cut domestic electricity consumption by over 30% by 2020?
Do you believe that the first new nuclear power station can brought into full production by 2018?
Do you believe that it is feasible that we could have more than 10% of our power generation coming from wind?
Do you believe that tidal energy is going to make a meaningful contribution in the next fifteen years?
Do you believe that the world is going to run short of gas in the next forty years?

I think that the bridge will be empty. The government just killed off tidal. We should all kill off nuclear. And as more people compete for gas, that is a gonna too. So we might as well start to learn to expect blackouts!!

We could put the burden of power reduction back into the hands of the people and say put a solar collector on the roof, insulate you house, (even the old ones), and have a property tax based on energy usage in a similar way as there is for car emissions. It would be far better to avoid the need for new poer stations.
I think there is a EU policy requiring a euro-grid - which will help our situation immensely. So it is not all doom and gloom. Just have to put our heads down and get on with it.

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