Following Brian Lawson’s lengthy March 31 letter about the ongoing charges, allow me to share the response I received from my electric provider when I filed a complaint about how they substantiated their price increase. I requested a plain language explanation as to why the unit price and ongoing charges were increasing. Here is the explanation and I let the readers understand what this drivel means! I would ask Ofgem for their explanation.
“Renewable energy costs are heavily impacted by rising gas prices due to the importance of gas-fired power plants as a marginal unit to meet demand and it is the most important driver of the increase in wholesale electricity prices Renewable electricity prices are also influenced by the cost of carbon allowances, these allowances also increased significantly in 2021 and 2022.
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“Carbon prices are additional to the cost of electricity prices because it is a marginal cost for non-renewable generation that must purchase carbon allowances to offset its carbon emissions. In addition, certain factors more localized in 2021 impacted our renewable energy sources i.e. low wind Many renewable costs are covered by the green levy and sometimes more expensive than the wholesale price why when [sic] the regulator increases the price ceiling, it does so for all fuels. The standard charge covers the pipelines made by the regulator in each area and is also used to cover the costs of energy lost by suppliers who have entered the administration.
IN 1847, at a meeting on the abuses of landowners in North East Scotland who exported grain for high profits and fixed prices on local sales while the local people were starving, a speaker declared: “We have trampled on the people, we the people pillaged and endured, we people tyrannized and insulted, we have gathered and formed into phalanxes, we have shown to the aristocrats appalled and frightened the moral power and the physical strength of our democracy (Julian Harney, Chartist, Aberdeen, January 1847).
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We are now seeing energy of all kinds being plundered in Scotland by modern corporate aristocrats, for big profits and little or no benefit to Scotland, while Scotland’s poor are once again cold and hungry simply for fill their already burgeoning coffers in the City of London.
Where is the public outrage and action that saw this deliberate attack on the poorest people halted in 1847, so that local people could be fed in the Western Isles and North East Scotland, Scotland of today?
What has really changed in over 150 years with regard to relations between London and Scotland?
Where have the moral might and the physical strength of our (Scottish) democracy gone?
I ENJOYED, as always, Hamish MacPherson’s story of Clan Bruce of the Lowlands (March 29), and would like to add a little more to this to bring it to a more recent date.
My neighbor in Sheriffmuir for many years was Bernard Bruce, who lived in Cauldhame, and was the seventh son of the ninth Earl of Elgin, born posthumously on July 12, 1917. His widowed mother later married Jack Stirling of Kippendavie, in who he will succeed as Laird of Cauldhame, who would be his home for the rest of his days.
The Honorable Bernard Bruce would join the Scots Guards at the start of World War II and eventually serve with the Long Range Desert Group behind enemy lines in the North African countryside, where for the better part of three years they would cause a spread widespread. chaos and disaster
for Rommel and the German occupying forces.
Bernard was in charge of the G2 patrol (guards) and would be rewarded by the MC for his work behind enemy lines. I feel like he and his record are largely forgotten now, as those events of the past fade into the distance of time. Perhaps this small contribution will keep his memory alive.
George M Mitchell