Heat Networks Regulation Working Group: recommendations

3 Dec 2019 11:12 AM

A report advising the Scottish Government on legislative support for heat networks.

Context

On 22 November 2018, the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands announced that the Scottish Government would begin preparing legislation to introduce regulation to the heat network sector in Scotland, following two earlier consultations.

On 14 May 2019, the Minister invited stakeholders to form the Heat Networks Regulation Working Group to support the preparation of legislation, by using its expertise and experience to advise on a regulatory framework which the Scottish Government had developed.

During the course of the Working Group, the Scottish Government's Programme for Government confirmed that a Heat Networks Bill would be introduced to the Scottish Parliament (subject to the way in which the UK leaves the European Union).

The Working Group was also invited to make recommendations regarding other Scottish Government policy that it sees is key to supporting the regulatory framework, or which may otherwise support the deployment of heat networks in Scotland.

The Working Group was asked to consider the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. In summary, the following levers are devolved to Scotland:

Meanwhile, the following levers remain reserved to the UK Parliament:

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