Haven Power

UK energy policy failing in its objectives, says Scottish government

UK energy policy failing in its objectives, says Scottish government


 

The UK government’s approach to energy policy is continuing to increase bills and weaken supply security, Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing has said. Speaking at a tidal energy conference on Tuesday 24 November, Ewing said the UK’s “dash for gas” represented a “belated” recognition of the energy supply crunch, but that it was an inconsistent, incoherent, and ineffective response to the problem. “Inconsistent, as the approach is to build new capacity at the lowest cost and let the market decide which technologies prevail, but skews incentives towards more gas and nuclear power. Incoherent, as it rules out support for proven, cheap technologies like onshore wind and solar. And it will be ineffectual––we urgently need to tackle the parlous state of affairs that has allowed the capacity margin to dwindle to 1%, yet there are still delays to bringing on new capacity, including the development of renewables in Scotland.”

 

Scottish government