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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04792: Rachael Hamilton (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the reliability of Scotland's transmission network.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 30 November 2016

The Scottish Government does not have formal responsibility for electricity networks which is reserved to the UK Government and overseen by the independent regulator Ofgem.

However, Scottish Ministers and officials meet regularly with the Scottish transmission network operators Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission and Scottish Power Transmission, the GB system operator National Grid, and Ofgem to review current and future plans for network upgrades.

In addition the Scottish Government works closely with the electricity industry, UK Government and local emergency responders to ensure that: all available resources are effectively deployed in response to electricity failures; lessons are learned from any incidents which occur; and where proportionate, mitigation put in place to avoid further impacts or improve response.