The Scottish Government published an initial draft Electricity Generation Policy Statement (EGPS) in November 2010, to support our Climate Change Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP). The RPP is required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 to set out proposals and policies for meeting annual emissions reductions targets from 2010 to 2022.
This refreshed EGPS sets out the pathway to meeting the Scottish Government target of delivering the equivalent of at least 100% of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2020. It sets out how Scotland currently generates electricity, and the changes needed to meet Scottish Government targets and deliver a low carbon generating mix.
Views on the EGPS are invited by 4 June 2012 and should be sent by email to EGPS.email@example.com or in writing to:
Energy and Climate Change Directorate
Business Management Team
The Scottish Government
5 Atlantic Quay
In addition, as part of its plans for reform of the electricity market, the UK Government has proposed introducing an Emissions Performance Standard (EPS). The Scottish Government has already put in place a requirement that any new coal station would require to be fitted with 300 MW of CCS capability from commissioning, moving to full CCS capability over time. The Scottish Government exercises these functions through its executively-devolved powers under s.36 of the Electricity Act 1989. Given these devolved powers, it is unclear that the UK EPS would have any additional practical impact. The Scottish Government is also seeking views on the potential application of a separate EPS in Scotland.
Views on the Emissions Performance Standard, together with any relevant evidence, should be sent by 7 May 2012 by email or in writing to the addresses above.