Scotland has started generating electricity through the “world’s most powerful” wave turbine but if Scotland becomes independent the UK might not benefit at all.
Powered by tidal energy, the turbine started to generate electricity via the National Grid in Orkney last week.
However, should Scotland become independent, the UK would likely lose any chance of benefiting from this project.
The Orbital O2 has the capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of 2,000 homes for the next 15 years.
Former UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “I think Britain’s single energy market – where we are integrated as we are now, where energy flows across the border very easily – that makes our energy more secure, it keeps costs down and it will enable us to go green, to go low carbon.
“Split that up and all those benefits go.