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Energy: Scotland

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 33837, tabled on 15 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of Ofgem’s network charging reforms on levels of investment within the Scottish energy sector.

Answered on

20 July 2021

Network charges are one of many factors which developers will take into account in deciding whether, where and when to progress particular energy projects in Scotland and across Great Britain. The reforms which Ofgem is progressing are, amongst other things, designed to support decarbonisation and contribute to meeting net zero at lowest cost. While network charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent energy regulator, Government recognises the significant role that electricity network charging reforms will have on the wider energy sector, including renewables, and will continue to engage with Ofgem, industry and other interested parties to consider the impacts of the reform proposals.

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