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Scottish Affairs Committee
Accepting written evidence.
Much of the UK’s renewable energy sector is based in Scotland and is an important part of our economy. Over recent years the sector has attracted significant investment (over £1bn in 2013) and it now employs an estimated 21,000 people.
The UK Government’s plans to reduce support for the sector has raised concern that any funding changes will have a disproportionate effect on Scotland. The Committee will examine the potential impact of changes to levels of public subsidy available to the renewable energy sector in Scotland.
They will also be looking at what the Scottish and UK governments have done to ensure that the aspirations of the sector are taken fully into account in the development of UK energy policy.
Evidence given by Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, Scottish Council for Development and IndustryDr John Constable, Director, Renewable Energy Foundation, Professor Iain McLeod, Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland and the Scientific Alliance Scotland, Linda Holt, Scotland Against Spin
Evidence given by Niall Stuart, Chief Executive, Scottish RenewablesAndy Kerr, Executive Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Professor Keith Bell, Co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre, Simon Skillings, Senior Associate, E3G
SSELindsay McQuade, Policy and Innovation Director, ScottishPowerKertsi Berge, Head of Scotland, OfgemPhil Sheppard, Director of System Operator Operations, National Grid
Scottish Affairs Committee takes further evidence on what forms of renewables Scotland should use