Energy Inquiry

 

About the Inquiry

The Committee carried out a three-part energy inquiry, linking an overview of RSE’s Scotland’s Future Energy Report with consideration of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, and locally owned energy.

Evidence

The Committee launched a call for written views, the closing date for which was 10 January 2020.

On 17 December 2019 we held a scene setting session with the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s energy inquiry committee.

On 28 January 2020 we held a session on Electric Vehicles.

  • Electric Vehicle Association Scotland
  • SP Energy Networks, Scottish Power
  • Scottish Futures Trust
  • Energy Saving Trust

On 4 February 2020 we held a session on Local Energy Systems and Local and Community Owned Energy

  • Local Energy Scotland
  • Scottish Renewables
  • Association for Decentralised Energy
  • Energy Networks Association

On 17 March 2020 we took evidence from Clackmannanshire Council.

The Committee were due to take evidence from the National Grid and Ofgem at its meeting on 17 March 2020. This meeting was cancelled due to the pandemic, and the Committee received written evidence in its place.

Visits and Events

On Tuesday 7 January 2020, the Committee visited Mitsubishi Electric, Livingston and Alexander Dennis, Falkirk

The Committee held an Electric Vehicle Focus Group in Stirling on Monday 13 January 2020.

In February 2020, three members of the Committee visited ReFLEX Orkney to learn about its work and the connected Community Energy Scotland/Heat Smart Orkney (HSO) SMILE project. Discussions were also held with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Orkney Renewable Energy Forum  (OREF) and we visited the Grainbank housing development in Kirkwall to see the solar panels and battery systems in place.

Correspondence

On 20 February 2020, the Committee wrote to Scottish Renewables, Local Energy Scotland and the Association for Decentralised Energy.

Report

The Committee wrote to the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands and the Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the findings of its Energy Inquiry on 8 July 2020.

Debate

The Energy Inquiry was debated in the Chamber on 28 October 2020.

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands wrote to the Committee following the debate.

 
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