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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20102: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 22 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will ensure that the provision of electricity to public bodies comes from energy companies that generate their electricity from 100% renewable energy, and what its reasons are for its position on this matter.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 4 December 2018

All major electricity suppliers can access renewable power at scale, either directly via their own generation or via third parties. The new national electricity contract contains provision for the supply of electricity from 100% renewable sources. As there are additional costs involved compared to baseline contract costs, public bodies can choose whether they wish to avail themselves of this option.

The new national electricity contract makes provision to support public bodies generating their own power including exporting any excess to the National Grid, as well as supporting them to buy directly from renewable sources through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).