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Scotland wants discretion on renewable electricity subsidies – minister

14 Sep 2012 16:10:54 | edem

The Scottish government on Thursday reiterated its desire to retain the right to set its own renewable subsidies by technology under the UK energy bill.

Under the bill, which is in the pre-legislative scrutiny process (see EDEM 17 August 2012), the renewables obligation subsidy mechanism will be replaced by a contracts for difference (CfD) instrument designed to support low-carbon power generation.

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing told the country's parliament that discretion over the renewables obligation had allowed investment in the Scottish renewables sector to boom. He added that this right must be retained under the new bill.

"Properly designed, we believe the new proposals could allow similar discretion - but they must be at least as effective as the current support framework, and we must maintain our discretion to set the right support levels and to target that support where it is needed," Ewing said.

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