Date lodged: 18 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what impact leaving the EU and the single market could have on geothermal exploration in Scotland, in light of the Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund receiving European structural funds support.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 23 February 2017
The Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund was run as part of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) and provided support to four projects during the 2015-16 financial year, before closing.
LCITP receives European Structural Funds Programme support, the funding of which is guaranteed until September 2018. Until Brexit negotiations are complete, we cannot guarantee that EU funds will be available for future low carbon projects, such as geothermal exploration projects.