MPs have called for transmission charges and grid investment to be equally shared across the UK to help strengthen the Scottish renewables sector.
The Scottish Affairs Committee voiced concerns that some renewable projects in England and Wales have a competitive advantage as they are paid to connect to the grid, whereas Scottish projects must pay to connect to the grid.
The committee also said the short-term nature of transmission charges which vary year on year “impacts business cases and does little to instil confidence for long-term investment decisions”.
Committee Chair, Pete Wishart, said: “In 2019, over 97% of electricity consumed in Scotland was from renewable energy sources. It is a great success, but more can be done to decarbonise the grid.
“The bold net zero commitments by both the Scottish and UK Governments are welcome, but delivery is essential. To meet net zero, the Scottish and UK Government must work together to champion the opportunities Scotland offers, and to work with Ofgem and industry to modernise the grid for our low carbon aspirations and tackle climate change.”
Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, welcome the call for a review into the imbalance of transmission network charging.
“We urge the UK Government to take this recommendation and make this a top priority to enable the delivery of our climate change targets."