The Scottish Affairs Committee has called on Ofgem to change how transmission charges are distributed, to help strengthen the Scottish renewables sector. Currently, Scottish renewable energy projects must pay to connect to the grid, whereas those in England and Wales are paid to connect. As such, they have a competitive advantage that impacts the development of renewables in Scotland, affecting confidence in investment, job creation and the delivery of a net zero transition. Additionally, with transmission charges subject to annual review they vary from year to year, and this can impact the business case of renewable installations, instilling little confidence in long-term investment decisions the Committee said.
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