Pylons pile the costs onto the bills
Just a bunch of metal monsters striding through a barely populated bit of the Highlands? Or could today's decision on the Beauly-to-Denny come closer to home for us all?
It's part of a plan - possibly the most controversial part - drawn up by the energy industry working with the UK Government to upgrade and renew the creaking electricity grid, and to orient it to the places the power is now coming from.
The other phases of the work will mean putting bigger capacity onto existing pylons, including the two big lines across Scotland's border with England. Add to that two very expensive sub-sea cables, one from Peterhead to north east England, and the other connecting Hunterston in Ayrshire with Merseyside.
Leaving aside the North Sea network that could take Scottish renewables to a continental market (and also allowing power to come from continental source, such as nuclear, when the wind drops), the cost of the necessary UK upgrade is put at £4.6bn.
That gets added to your household bill. An industry estimate is that it could put £60 on the average annual power bill. There's a dispute under way between those companies and their regulator about how much they can expect as a rate of return, with Ofgem wanting it to be less.
But that's just one of the additional elements being added to your power bill by changes being required by the regulator and the government. The most recent estimates for other add-ons, as calculated by Ofgem, put £24 on last year's average bill to pay for the EU emissions trading scheme. That's the cost of energy generators exceeding their allowance for climate changing pollution.
There was £45 to help companies meet the requirements of the carbon emissions reduction target. That pays, for instance, for those free low-energy light bulbs and subsidised insulation.
The average domestic bill includes around £12 to pay utility companies for the expense of developing renewable energy sources, and there was £3 to provide for schemes aimed at helping low-income households.
Take out all those add-ons and VAT, and it seems that actually generating your electricity and some corporate profit accounts for only 69% of your bill.