Scotland’s renewable industry issues new devo-demands over energy

Scotland’s renewables industry has set out three new ‘devolution’-demands for greater Scottish energy powers following the Independence referendum.

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The new ‘manifesto’ from the industry’s trade association calls for:

  • A Scottish Commissioner to sit on the OFGEM Board
  • OFGEM to submit an annual report to Holyrood
  • A 2020 deadline for the ‘Energy Isles’ (Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles) to be connected to the UK grid, and also demands
  • Holyrood and Westminster Governments pool resources to develop marine energy more quickly.

The post-Indy-rendum policy paper from Scottish Renewables spells out these – and other areas which the £1 billion a year sector want to see addressed, along with further devolution of powers of the Scottish energy sector to Holyrood.

A spokesman said: “If there is one obvious failure of the current regulation of our industry it is the lack of grid connections to Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles – home to the country’s best wind resources, and key to the development of wave and tidal power.

“We want to see the Scottish and UK Governments commit to getting the islands connected before 2020. No ifs. No buts. No maybes. This will allow the islands to contribute to the cleaning-up of our energy sector, while benefitting from the jobs and investment that would follow.

“We also believe that it is time for changes to the governance of Ofgem to ensure greater alignment between the energy policies and priorities of the UK and Scotland, with a ‘Scottish Commissioner’ on the Ofgem Board and an annual report by Ofgem to the Scottish Parliament.

“And – given the scale of the investment required, and the potential benefits to Scotland and the rest of the UK, we believe it is vital that government and agencies across the UK pool resources to jointly address the challenge of how we take the sector to the next level of development.”

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