EMR risks failing Scotland says Energy Minister

The Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has said the Electricity Market Reform risks failing Scotland. In a speech to the Scottish Parliament (pictured) he claimed the UK Government was adding […]

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The Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has said the Electricity Market Reform risks failing Scotland.

In a speech to the Scottish Parliament (pictured) he claimed the UK Government was adding to the existing challenges already faced by the country’s “exciting, new renewables industry”.

Mr Ewing said: “Developments ranging from small hydro stations and innovative projects in our islands, to floating offshore wind, carbon capture technology and vital stations such as Longannet – all of these are placed at risk by the UK Government’s reforms.”

He added: “The Scottish Government will not support an outcome which sacrifices our renewable ambitions in preference to discredited, expensive and imported nuclear technology.”

Mr Ewing attacked the decision of Energy Secretary Ed Davey to amend the Energy Bill, “without any prior consultation with Scottish ministers or the Scottish Parliament,” to give UK ministers the power to close down the Renewables Obligation in Scotland,

He said the “to make matters worse” the measures in the EMR which would replace the Renewables Obligation “are failing to deliver”.

Mr Ewing also reiterated concerns raised Ofgem and National Grid over spare capacity in the future. He said failure to put enough capacity in place would lead to “further price rises on energy bills, a direct result of UK energy policy over the past decade.”

DECC said it couldn’t yet respond to Mr Ewing’s speech.