Energy policy in Scotland
is a matter that has been specifically reserved to the UK parliament
under the terms of the Scotland Act 1998 that created the devolved
Scottish Parliament. However, since planning is a matter that has been
devolved, the Scottish government has the ability to shape the direction
of energy generation in Scotland by approving or refusing new projects.
In 2004, the Enterprise Committee of the Scottish Parliament called for
the development of a 'fully fledged' Scottish energy policy.
The SNP Government that took power in May 2007 specifically included the
word 'energy' in a portfolio title when the junior ministerial position
of Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism was created to replace
the position of 'Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning'.
The oil and gas sector has the potential to
boost the economy by as much as 200bn over the next twenty years
according to a former oil tycoon. NewsnetScotland 12th Nov 2013.