Energy Statement


About the Inquiry

The Scottish Government's Scotland’s Energy Strategy was published in December 2017. The Strategy undertakes to publish an Annual Energy Statement.

The Committee agreed to scrutinise this Statement.

The Annual Energy Statement 2019 was published on 15 May, and states:

"Our Energy Strategy was designed to be flexible, and able to respond to changes in the commercial, political and social environment within which we are operating. In this Statement, we highlight the key developments in the sector which will have an impact upon our ability to deliver the Strategy, our progress made to date, and our key plans for the coming year and beyond.

"Although the challenges remain huge, we are determined to do all that we can, using the powers that we have, to steer a sustainable path towards a Just Transition."


On 8 October 2019, the Committee held an evidence session on the Scottish Government's Annual Energy Statement. The focus of the discussion was the targets relating to the decarbonisation of heat.


The closing date for the Committee's call for views was Friday 20 September 2019.

Read the Call for Written Views.

Read the Written Submissions

On Tuesday 8 October 2019 the Committee took evidence from:

  • Professor Keith Bell, Committee on Climate Change;
  • Professor Janette Webb, University of Edinburgh Heat and the City Project, and Infrastructure Commissioner;
  • Euan McVicar, General Counsel, Ofgem;
  • Elizabeth Leighton, Director, Existing Homes Alliance Scotland;
  • Teresa Bray, Chief Executive, Changeworks;
  • Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables;
  • Anthony Kyriakides, Head of Renewables, Energy Saving Trust Scotland.


Renewable Heat Target

On 28 October 2019, the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands wrote to the Committee to inform it of the Scottish Government's progress towards meeting its renewable heat target. 

Letter from Paul Wheelhouse
Update on Renewable Heat Target and Action - 2019

On 17 December 2019, the Committee wrote to the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands setting out the Committee's consideration. The Minister replied on 7 February 2020.

On 9 January 2020, the Committee wrote to Lord Ian Duncan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regarding the UK-wide Renewable Heat Incentive. The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng, the Minister for State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth responded on 3 February 2020.

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