VIEW FROM SCOTLAND: Steven Vass

Alex Salmond will be hoping to retain a strong bargaining position

Alex Salmond will be hoping to retain a strong bargaining position

There was no shortage of bold talk about Scottish energy potential in the ‘Scotland’s Future’ White Paper that was published this week, but it is hard to detect much cheer among policymakers on this side of the border at present.

The Electricity Market Reform (EMR) negotiations do not appear to be going well from the Scottish point of view. London is said to be offering little in the way of compromise to those in the renewables industry. Strike prices seem to have advanced little from the draft figures, while degression curves are only modestly improved.

The Scottish authorities seem to be preparing to cross their fingers that the final offer will be just enough to make offshore wind happen up here.

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