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Consultation leading to issue Renewables Obligation Amendment (Scotland) Order: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
23 Jan 2019
Consultation leading to issue Renewables Obligation Amendment (Scotland) Order: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/00206
Date received: 21 December 2018
Date responded: 22 January 2019
 
Information requested
 
You asked for details of the consultation leading to the decision to issue Scottish Statutory Instrument 2018 352, specifically:
1) which “generators of electricity from renewable sources and other persons as the Scottish Ministers considered appropriate” were contacted
2) when such communications took place
3) the input given.
 
Response
 
The answer to your question is that the generators of electricity from renewable sources and other persons contacted were those considered to have an obvious interest in the Amendment Order, namely Scottish Power, SSE and GHG Alliance as operators of hydro generating stations in Scotland, and Scottish Renewables as a relevant industry body. We also consulted with the UK Government (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and the Northern Ireland Executive as the responsible bodies for the Renewables Obligation in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, respectively. These latter discussions established that the proposed amendment would only be made to the Scottish Order, and addressed concerns that the change might lead to any overcompensation for electricity produced.

The responses received to the consultation, for which we received permission to publish, are publicly available and can be viewed in full at https://consult.gov.scot/energy-markets/renewables-obligation/ 
The Scottish Government’s analysis of, and response to, the issues raised in the consultation can also be accessed via this link.
 
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