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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11348: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what impact its plan to phase out new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032 will have on the country's energy supply.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 26 September 2017

The Scottish Government's plans to increase the proportion of electric cars and vans will place an increased demand on electricity supply. This will need more flexibility and efficiency within the electricity system, and increase the importance of a resilient supply of power.

Vehicle electrification will also create new opportunities for storing and balancing electricity on the network, with great potential for smart technology to manage the interface between supply and demand of power between vehicles and grid.

These matters have been set out in the Scottish Government's draft Energy Strategy, published in January 2017, and will be developed further under the final Scottish Energy Strategy.