In a little over three weeks, Scottish voters will
head to the polls to decide whether their country should remain
part of the UK, and politicians have been ramping up the rhetoric
as the referendum draws closer.
Energy policy has been a topic the opposing camps have
repeatedly clashed over. Those wanting independence - the 'Yes'
camp - claim the country's renewable electricity potential and
North Sea oil and gas reserves can provide cheap, clean energy for
decades to come.
In contrast, the 'No' camp claim independence could plunge
Scotland into an energy crisis, with bills rocketing as the country
struggles to fund its own energy sector.
So what difference will the vote make to the energy future of
Renewables: Plentiful potential, sparse
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond has enthusiastically
promoted the country as the "Saudi
Arabia of renewables".
The Scottish government has pledged to get the equivalent
100 per cent of electricity demand from renewable sources
by 2020. Scotland also shares the UK's EU obligation to get
15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.