Energy policy in Scotland
is a matter that has been specifically reserved to the UK parliament
under the terms of the Scotland Act 1998 that created the devolved
Scottish Parliament. However, since planning is a matter that has been
devolved, the Scottish government has the ability to shape the direction
of energy generation in Scotland by approving or refusing new projects.
In 2004, the Enterprise Committee of the Scottish Parliament called for
the development of a 'fully fledged' Scottish energy policy.
The SNP Government that took power in May 2007 specifically included the
word 'energy' in a portfolio title when the junior ministerial position
of Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism was created to replace
the position of 'Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning'.
A Counter to
chokka blog - Musings on life, business and
the Scottish economy
Energy Policy of Scotland
This is a good overview from Wikipedia.
Energy - Executive Summary
A paper from the Scottish Democratic Alliance Think Tank (pdf)
Who exactly are the OBR and are their forecasts on oil believable?
An interesting article on Scotland's Oil and Gas 25th Mar 2013.
Labour party lied over true worth of North Sea Oil admits former
Article from Newsnet Scotland 19th May 2013
Background information on the report on Scotland's Oil held secret for
Potential value of North Sea Oil
Report says up to 4 trillion possible
Scottish Independence: Legal warning over North Sea
Article from the Scotsman and the comments are also of interest. 22nd
Reply to Legal warning over North
This was a reply by Dr James Wilkie which can be read above but thought
it worth while to make it available as a separate document.
Britain is not an attractive place to manufacture, says Ineos chief Jim
This article has implications for Scotland.
Germany Reinvents the Energy Crisis
An article from the Wall Street Journal 9th Nov 2013.
£200bn oil bonus lying in wait says Sir Ian Wood
The oil and gas sector has the potential to
boost the economy by as much as 200bn over the next twenty years
according to a former oil tycoon. NewsnetScotland 12th Nov 2013.
Who put the lights out?
The challenge of maintaining electricity supply in a Scotland outside
the United Kingdom. A report commissioned by Scotland Matters and
published by ThinkScotland.org. Written by Paul Spare CEng FEI FIMechE
Scotland has substantial renewable energy resources, and thatís a very
good thing. But hugely exaggerating the size of the potential resource
for political purposes is not a good thing. This is the story of how the
Scottish Government has for years been knowingly inflating Scotland's
share of Europe's potential offshore wind resource.