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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16965: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 30 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13174 by Paul Wheelhouse on 20 December 2017, which stakeholders it has met in the last six months to discuss proposals for national fixed pricing on electricity distribution networks; when the meetings took place, and whether it will publish details of the discussions.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 19 June 2018

We meet regularly with Scotland’s grid operators and other stakeholders and partners (such as Citizens Advice Scotland, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise) to discuss network issues, including distribution network charging. This engagement also includes matters such as Ofgem's Targeted Charging Review of Residual Charges, which will have an influence on the distribution of network costs across Great Britain.

As detailed in my answer to question S5W-13174, the Scottish Government works to promote a fair network charging regime for all Scottish energy consumers. We recognise that national network pricing would redistribute costs between Scottish consumers rather than reduce them. The Scottish Government is working to deliver measures to reduce overall energy costs for all Scottish consumers by improving energy efficiency, for example, and we encourage consumers to switch supplier when they would make savings from doing so. A Scottish Government Energy Summit held in January challenged the major energy suppliers to do more to help people who are struggling to pay their energy bills and we are working with energy suppliers to identify measures to support vulnerable customers and tackle the wider issue of fuel poverty.