ScottishPower today welcomed Ofgem’s announcement that it is to undertake a comprehensive and open review of the charging regime and associated connection arrangements for using Britain’s high voltage electricity network.
Nick Horler, ScottishPower’s Chief Executive, co-signed a letter to the leaders of all the political parties in the Scottish Parliament in April this year which called for a review, highlighting the potential negative impact that the current transmission charges could have on investment in new sources of electricity generation in Scotland, including renewable energy.
Welcoming Ofgem’s review, Nick Horler said: “We have been concerned for some time that the current rules on charging for transmission are hindering the UK’s ability to make cost effective progress towards key environmental and energy policy goals.
“The United Kingdom, and in particular Scotland, has major renewable energy resources and is well placed to develop further low carbon technologies, but the current transmission charging regime acts as a potential barrier to investment.
“It is right that Ofgem undertakes a speedy, open and thorough review of transmission charging and we look forward to participating in the process.”
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