UK Govt holds Brexit White Paper briefing with Scottish energy chiefs

Lawrence Slade, who was one of the keynote speakers at the Renewables After Brexit conference held recently at Dundee University.
Lawrence Slade, who was one of the keynote speakers at the Renewables After Brexit conference held recently at Dundee University.

Scottish energy chiefs yesterday attended a Brexit briefing by the UK Govt minister for Scotland as the UK prime minister published its long-awaited preferred-options for the British departure from the EU next year.

The energy organisations which took part in the briefing were identified as Scottish Power and the trade associations for the oil and gas and the Scots renewable sectors.

David Mundell set out how the Brexit proposals will bring ‘significant benefits to Scotland’.

However, Energy UK – which represents energy providers welcomed the Brexit white paper – in parts.

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy UK said: “As an essential product for consumers, businesses and the UK economy, energy must be a priority in the ongoing negotiations with the EU.

“So, whilst we welcome the broad commitments, there is a lot of detailed work and discussions required in a short space of time to achieve these goals and provide the clarity urgently needed on issues such as participation in the internal energy market and the EU ETS – and the continuation of the Single Energy Market between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

“The opacity around policy has already been having a direct impact on the energy sector.

 “It’s encouraging that the White Paper again makes it clear that the UK government is looking to maintain broad co-operation over energy with the EU.  

“Right across the energy industry, there’s clear agreement that a close relationship with the EU has been mutually beneficial and that its continuation will deliver the best outcomes for customers and businesses.

“Access to a EU-wide market has helped keep bills down by enabling the most efficient use of energy resources – something that will become even more important in a world of variable generation.

“The EU Emission Trading System (ETS) has been crucial in the drive to decarbonise across the whole economy, something in which the UK energy sector has led the way.

 “As an industry, we are committed to working with Government and the EU to ensure the future relationship continues to deliver benefits to the UK’s customers and businesses.”  

13 Jul 2018

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