The renewable energy sector in Scotland Contents


Terms of Reference

1 Our inquiry

Devolution settlement

Recent policy changes

Our inquiry

Work by other Committees

2 The renewable sector in Scotland

Support for renewable electricity

Cost of support for renewable electricity

Public opinion and the planning process

3 Recent policy changes

Projected overspend and manifesto commitments

Early closure of the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind and small solar PV

Cuts to Feed-in-Tariffs

Delays to next round of Contracts for Difference

Ad hoc responses and lack of transparency

Impact on the renewable electricity sector in Scotland

Withdrawal of new subsidy for onshore wind

Future rounds of Contracts for Difference

Representation of Scottish interests

Consultation on changes to support for onshore wind

Improving engagement between the UK and Scottish governments

4 Infrastructure and security of supply

Infrastructure and the transmission network

Transmission charging

Connections to the Scottish Islands

Intermittency and security of supply

5 Carbon emission and renewables targets

Meeting carbon emission and renewables targets

Gas plants and Carbon Capture and Storage

6 The need for a long-term strategy

The importance of a stable policy framework

Future spending on renewables

The importance of renewable electricity

What a long-term strategy would look like


Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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20 July 2016