To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made, or will make, representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the possible introduction of green energy trading certificates and, if so, whether any such representations will seek to secure possible revenues raised in Scotland from such an energy purchase scheme.
Provision for the introduction of "green" certificates is made in the Utilities Bill, which is currently in its Committee stage in the House of Commons. Under the proposed renewables obligation, trade in them is expected to take place between renewable electricity generators and electricity suppliers. It is envisaged that a market will begin to operate at UK level, but since the Government will not be involved in these transactions, which will be between companies, no revenues will accrue to Government. It is likely, however, that revenues from renewable generation in Scotland will represent an important source of income for Scottish renewable projects.