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Scottish Independence and Scotland's Future

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'.

A Counter to SNP rhetoric
chokka blog - Musings on life, business and the Scottish economy
Energy Policy of Scotland
This is a good overview from Wikipedia.
Energy - Executive Summary
A paper from the Scottish Democratic Alliance Think Tank (pdf)
Who exactly are the OBR and are their forecasts on oil believable?
An interesting article on Scotland's Oil and Gas 25th Mar 2013.
Labour party lied over true worth of North Sea Oil admits former Chancellor
Article from Newsnet Scotland 19th May 2013
McCrone Report
Background information on the report on Scotland's Oil held secret for 30 years.
Potential value of North Sea Oil
Report says up to 4 trillion possible
Scottish Independence: Legal warning over North Sea
Article from the Scotsman and the comments are also of interest. 22nd Sept 2013
Reply to Legal warning over North Sea
This was a reply by Dr James Wilkie which can be read above but thought it worth while to make it available as a separate document.
Britain is not an attractive place to manufacture, says Ineos chief Jim Ratcliffe
This article has implications for Scotland.
Germany Reinvents the Energy Crisis
An article from the Wall Street Journal 9th Nov 2013.
£200bn oil bonus lying in wait says Sir Ian Wood

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.
Who put the lights out?
The challenge of maintaining electricity supply in a Scotland outside the United Kingdom. A report commissioned by Scotland Matters and published by Written by Paul Spare CEng FEI FIMechE (2021) (pdf)
Wrong With The Wind
Scotland has substantial renewable energy resources, and thatís a very good thing. But hugely exaggerating the size of the potential resource for political purposes is not a good thing. This is the story of how the Scottish Government has for years been knowingly inflating Scotland's share of Europe's potential offshore wind resource.

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