The main topic of discussion on Newsnicht last night was how Scotland was going to provide power without nuclear. The tory MSP's information was out of date if today's Scotsman is to be believed.
'Boost to Scots bid for £1bn emissions cash as rival quits race' says the paper.
Most Scots knew that Scottish Power were up against E.ON in the bid for funding to capture emissions from power stations but E.ON has admitted it can't meet the competition deadline which demanded a full-scale working demonstration plant built by 2014. Although E.ON has been allowed to remain in the competition (no explanation given*), some experts say this makes Scottish Power the front runner for the cash.
If Scottish Power won the money to retrofit Longannet Power Station, it could pave the way for Scotland to lead the way globally in developing a technology crucial for the fight against climate change.
If CCS is developed successfully, it will be able to capture about 90% of the emission produced by coal-fired power stations. Nick Horler, Scottish Power's CEO, said : The Scottish Power consortium is ready to demonstrate CCS at a commercial scale at Longannet from 2014 ...".
Let's not get too optimistic here, but it would seem Scotland's in with a good chance to progress this revolutionary technology. Many say jobs will be lost because we refuse to build new nuclear power stations and that may be true, but CCS will attract many of those skilled workers from the nuclear industry.
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