08 Sep 2009 08:09:08
SNP turns to EU over renewables
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called upon the EU to ensure that charges levied on the production of renewable energy are "fair".
According to the party, regulator Ofgem charges energy generators that seek to connect to the grid differently depending on their distance from the market.
Scotland is adversely affected by this pricing structure, the SNP believes, paying higher rates than gas and electricity generators in the south-eastern parts of the UK.
Alyn Smith, an MEP for the party, said: "It is just bizarre that Scotland, which should be Europe's green powerhouse, is being held back by the pricing regime operated from London by an organisation that clearly does not have the promotion of renewables as an objective."
"I think we can fix [this problem] from the European end," he added.
Renewable energy is a key priority for the UK as it moves towards becoming a low carbon economy. In July, the government announced plans to generate a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.http://www.snp.org/node/15630