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Scotland faces hard energy storage choices

Scotland needs to double its electrical power generation capacity to cope with electric vehicle and district heating system demands.

A report from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) titled, “Scotland’s Energy Future” suggests that people living in Scotland will need to pay more for their energy, and also use less of it in the coming years.

The report also warned of upcoming tough decisions to ensure energy supply with a potential electrical shortfall from 2030.

The report concluded that investment would be needed to aid the transition to a lower carbon economy. This is likely to result in building more renewable energy sources and implementing more battery/energy storage solutions.

The report highlighted that with an increasing amount of electric vehicles and district heating systems, a larger electricity demand is likely to be required which could double current capacity.

One way of meeting the energy demand could be Wind energy, but the report highlighted that a large investment would also need to be made in energy storage so it could balance the intermittent nature of the generation.

The key recommendations for the report included the following:

  • Establish an independent commission on energy policy and governance for Scotland.

  • Decide with the British government which technologies to back in “a timely manner”.

  • Stake out a clear position on the security of Scotland’s energy supply and decide whether domestic capacity should be increased.

  • Improve energy security by expanding and diversifying Scotland’s storage options.

  • Reduce demand for energy and enforce higher standards of energy efficiency in new housing and infrastructure.

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