Much of the UK’s renewable energy sector is based in Scotland and is an important part of our economy. Over recent years the sector has attracted significant investment (over £1bn in 2013) and it now employs an estimated 21,000 people.
The UK Government’s plans to reduce support for the sector has raised concern that any funding changes will have a disproportionate effect on Scotland. The Committee will examine the potential impact of changes to levels of public subsidy available to the renewable energy sector in Scotland.
They will also be looking at what the Scottish and UK governments have done to ensure that the aspirations of the sector are taken fully into account in the development of UK energy policy.