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Higher energy bills for an independent Scotland

A UK government report says independence for Scotland - on which the Scottish will vote in September - will raise gas and electricity bills for Scottish households and industry

A vote for independence will lead to the break-up of the present UK-wide energy networks, the report says, leaving Scotland to carry the costs of supplying remote consumers and paying for investments in renewables from its small customer-base. The report, entitled Scotland Analysis: Energy and published on 9 April by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, says independence will add between £38 and £189 ($63-$315) to household annual energy bills in Scotland by 2020. For a medium-size manufacturing company, independence will bring additional annual energy costs in the range £110,000-£608,000 by that year. The largest component of the increases is the renewable obligation, followed by e

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