Holyrood accused of double standards
Ewing says Scottish government may build coal-fired power station
Critics may regard the move as a contradiction of its 100% renewables policy, but Mr Ewing said this morning that the Scottish government “recognises that the transition to renewables has to be managed”.
He said that would mean a mixture of sources of energy, though critics will also say that this indicates a willingness to accept that the country cannot rely solely on green power to provide all the fuel it needs.
Mr Ewing’ comments in an interview came amid growing speculation that the Longannet coal-fired power station in Fife may have to close earlier than scheduled, raising questions about Scotland’s supplies of energy.
Asked if the government’s concern for the station contradicted its renewables strategy, Mr Ewing said: “We believe there should be one station, coal or gas.”
He said such a station could be fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities to reduce emissions and rejected suggestions that this was “decades away”.
Mr Ewing’s comments follow a decision by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to write to Prime Minister David Cameron for assurances that the current high cost of transmitting electricity from Scotland into the grid will not compromise Scotland’s supplies.