Security of Supply



The remit, as agreed at the outset of the inquiry, was- 

"The Committee will consider Scotland’s energy needs in a changing UK electricity market. The inquiry will focus on the security of supply and four themes in particular: supply, demand, the transmission network and market functioning."


The Committee launched a call for evidence on 27 March 2015 and took oral evidence between May and September 2015. The Committee's report was published on 26 October 2015. The Scottish Government's response to the report was received on 9 December 2015.

Read the Committee's report here

Read the written submissions received


Read the written submissions received

The Committee’s inquiry began on 20 May with a roundtable of experts:

  • Gareth Harrison, University of Edinburgh, and the Young Academy of Scotland
  • Colin McInnes, University of Glasgow
  • Keith Bell, University of Strathclyde and UK Energy Research Centre
  • Alan Walker, the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Ian M Arbon, Energy and Environment in Scotland for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Michael Rieley, Scottish Renewables
  • Edward Owens, Heriot-Watt University
  • Brian Galloway, Scottish Power
  • Lawrence Slade, Energy UK

You can watch the meeting on May 20 here.

Panel 1 – Immediate Future to 2020

  • Simon Skillings, Trilemna UK Ltd and E3G
  • Karen Turner, Centre for Energy Policy

Panel 2 – New Technology & Efficiency

  • Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh
  • Mark Crowther, UK Hyrdrogen and Fuel Cell Association
  • Andrew Jones, Electricity Storage Network
  • Susan Roaf, Heriot Watt University
  • Chris Toop, Scottish Water

Official Report of meeting 27 May 2015

3 June

Panel 1 – Post 2020

  • Malcolm Keay, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Gina Hanrahan, WWF Scotland
  • Neal Wade, Newcastle University
  • Marco Giuli, European Policy Centre

Panel 2 – Regulators and Grid

  • Kersti Berge, Ofgem
  • Eric Leavy, Scottish Power Energy Networks
  • David Gardner, SSE
  • Mike Calviou, National Grid

 17 June – Scottish Government

  • Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism
  • Graeme Sweeney, Scottish Energy Advisory Board
  •  Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

2 September

  • Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

Official Report of meeting 2 September 2015.


The Committee published its report on 26 October 2015.

Additional Information


The Barbour Partnership LLP (926KB pdf)

Responses to report

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