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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22360: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on Ofgem’s targeted charging review, and whether it will make a submission to it.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 18 April 2019

The Scottish Government responded in early February to Ofgem’s consultation on its “minded to” decision on the Targeted Charging Review, following discussions with a range of stakeholders.

Our response agreed that current charging arrangements need reform to ensure a fair distribution of costs between those who use and benefit from our electricity networks. However, we also raised concerns about how Ofgem’s proposals might affect those with low levels of electricity usage, many of whom may be classed as vulnerable consumers.

We also believe that the proposed changes to embedded benefits may undermine the development of community renewables, and dampen incentives to invest in renewable energy and storage. This risks reducing our ability in Scotland, and across the UK, to deliver against decarbonisation targets.