“This reinforces the Council’s view that Longannet should remain open and that the UK could be facing power shortages following the closure next year,” – Councillor Bob Young
Fife Council says it has grave concerns over the UK’s capacity to keep the country running once Longannet and two other power stations close next year.
Councillor Bob Young, who is the Council’s representative and vice chair on the Industrial Communities Alliance (ICA), met with Angus MacNeil, chair of the Select Committee on Energy, at Westminster last week to raise his concerns.
He said: “We have grave concerns over the UK’s capacity to keep the country running once these three power stations close in March next year.
“Supplies have already been under so much pressure recently that the National Grid was forced to pay the premium user companies £100,000 in compensation to stop using electricity. We believe this is a situation which can only get worse.
“At present Britain produces only 3% more power than it actually uses, if you close these three power stations you are taking 10% out of the grid.
“This just reinforces the Council’s view that Longannet should remain open and that the UK could be facing power shortages following the closure next year.
“We have raised these concerns with the chair of the select committee who is meeting with National Grid today and we hope these questions will be answered satisfactorily then.”
Leader of Fife Council David Ross said: “I have previously written to National Grid with these concerns and I’m pleased that this issue will be aired again at the select committee tomorrow.”