The magazine is unabashedly truthful in the way it admits that currently Energy is just one “thorny issue” that has to be tackled in the run up to the vote on Scottish independence.
At the moment, the division of power network goes like this: England and Wales are under National Grid Plc, and Scotland is split between SSE in the north and SP Energy Networks in the the southern and central areas. Northern Ireland, too, has their own network: Northern Ireland Electricity. Essentially, though, they are linked to some extent. Europe currently seems to be attempting to form one giant power grid, owned by one company but managed by several different ones.
The question Energy Matters is posing though, is that should Scotland become independent where will that leave them with regards to amenities such as electricity? Would it be more secure to stay connected to the other power networks? Or to manage their own electricity? Of course there are pros and cons: is there security in numbers, or security in only having to worry about your own country?
What got me interested, though, was an article a bit later in the magazine titled “Renewable energy: sharing the profits”. The article tells of a farming family, who opened their wind project to local neighbours by allowing them to buy shares. By setting up a co-operative society, they have guaranteed the future of their wind farm project and look set to turn a healthy profit which will include a sizable donation to local community projects.
Multiple projects such as this could make for a much more secure future where energy is concerned. If we could collaborate and find a good balance, human kind could secure an endless supply of renewable energy, and we wouldn’t be at the mercy of energy companies who seem to care little about the current economy and the people they are supposed to take care of, but are desperate to line their own pockets. So far research has led to a multitude of options, none if which are viable for use as large suppliers of energy, but given time and some proper research could develop into a fantastic solution.
The matter really raised here, though, is how soon are the necessary resources going to be put in place, and how soon are those that can make a difference going to put some weight behind it?
Either way, the time to look into investing in green energy is now.
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