NATIONAL Grid has down played the power demand for electric cars required by 2040 (The Herald, August 10). What has still to be addressed is the impact of the Holyrood policy to phase out domestic gas over the next decade.

The Scottish Parliament has approved planning permission for 14,000 MW of electricity generation to meet a maximum demand of 5,000 MW. As Scots consumers use six times the amount of gas compared with that of electricity, to eliminate the use of domestic gas would require a further 84,000 MW of plant to be installed over the designated time-scale.

In addition, as electricity is three times more expensive than gas, what will be the impact on the household budgets of those Scots living in fuel poverty ?

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Ian Moir,

79 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.