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    Can anyone tell me why in Scotland are we paying so much for electricity in Scotland when we are nearly self sufficient in electricity by wind power and Hydro power?
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  • Can anyone tell me why in Scotland are we paying so much for electricity in Scotland when we are nearly self sufficient in electricity by wind power and Hydro power?
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    Hi billy.
    Where the energy is produced makes no differance to the price. All the energy generated gets fed into the national grid, energy supplier then have to buy what all there customers need and are forced to pay the market price. Therefore the cost of the actual energy is the same for everyone, variations appear due to location as the distrbution costs are set by your regional network supplier and they vary according to how much it costs to maintain cable pylons etc etc in your area.
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  • Hi billy.
    Where the energy is produced makes no differance to the price. All the energy generated gets fed into the national grid, energy supplier then have to buy what all there customers need and are forced to pay the market price. Therefore the cost of the actual energy is the same for everyone, variations appear due to location as the distrbution costs are set by your regional network supplier and they vary according to how much it costs to maintain cable pylons etc etc in your area.


  • Hi Billy C

    Not sure of the reasons for regional variations, but they vary considerably across the UK - "residents in North Scotland, the South West, Merseyside & North Wales and South Wales all pay more than 15p/kWh on average to supply electric to their homes—unit costs in these areas are 8%, 8%, 6% and 5% more than the UK average, respectively."
    More info here: https://www.nimblefins.co.uk/average...tricity-kwh-uk

    Stephen

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    Found out some more:

    "Most energy plans have different rates for different areas. For example, a plan's electricity unit cost in Canterbury could be 14.06p, rising to 14.39p in London, 15.25p in Cardiff, and 16.55p in Belfast.

    This is sometimes referred to as the "postcode lottery", and it boils down to three major factors:

    How much the energy company sells in your area
    How much it buys from generators in your area
    The different charges imposed on the energy supplier by the local distribution network in your area

    Which areas in the UK are most expensive for energy?
    Merseyside and the South of Wales have some of the highest energy prices on average.

    Which areas in the UK have the cheapest energy?
    The North of Scotland and East Midlands have the lowest on average."

    Interesting!
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  • Hi Billy C

    Not sure of the reasons for regional variations, but they vary considerably across the UK - "residents in North Scotland, the South West, Merseyside & North Wales and South Wales all pay more than 15p/kWh on average to supply electric to their homes—unit costs in these areas are 8%, 8%, 6% and 5% more than the UK average, respectively."
    More info here: https://www.nimblefins.co.uk/average...tricity-kwh-uk

    Stephen

    - - - Updated - - -

    Found out some more:

    "Most energy plans have different rates for different areas. For example, a plan's electricity unit cost in Canterbury could be 14.06p, rising to 14.39p in London, 15.25p in Cardiff, and 16.55p in Belfast.

    This is sometimes referred to as the "postcode lottery", and it boils down to three major factors:

    How much the energy company sells in your area
    How much it buys from generators in your area
    The different charges imposed on the energy supplier by the local distribution network in your area

    Which areas in the UK are most expensive for energy?
    Merseyside and the South of Wales have some of the highest energy prices on average.

    Which areas in the UK have the cheapest energy?
    The North of Scotland and East Midlands have the lowest on average."

    Interesting!


  • Legacy infrastructure costs set by government and generators for regional variations, but then the same argument could be made for any area, as jon1 says it's all fed into the grid.
    You should direct your question at Nicola Sturgeon, but who knows, it may be on her to-do list if independence happens...
    Quote Originally Posted by Billy C View Post
    Can anyone tell me why in Scotland are we paying so much for electricity in Scotland when we are nearly self sufficient in electricity by wind power and Hydro power?
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  • Legacy infrastructure costs set by government and generators for regional variations, but then the same argument could be made for any area, as jon1 says it's all fed into the grid.
    You should direct your question at Nicola Sturgeon, but who knows, it may be on her to-do list if independence happens...
    Quote Originally Posted by Billy C View Post
    Can anyone tell me why in Scotland are we paying so much for electricity in Scotland when we are nearly self sufficient in electricity by wind power and Hydro power?


  • Just realised my research gave two different answers - one website said North of Scotland is more expensive, the other that it's lowest on average. That's the internet for you!
    Stephen
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  • Just realised my research gave two different answers - one website said North of Scotland is more expensive, the other that it's lowest on average. That's the internet for you!
    Stephen