Scotland’s chief planner, John McNairney, has written to heads of planning to remind them that Scotland’s policy supports onshore windfarms, and says that remains the case despite energy secretary Amber Rudd’s statements requiring strong community
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moratorium on underground coal gasification development while Professor Campbell Gemmell, former chief executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, undertakes an examination of the environmental and safety issues involved.
The term “security of supply” and suggestion that the lights could go out was “old thinking”, the Scottish Government’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee heard in an inquiry into the matter.
Scottish Power’s decision to close its ageing coal-fired station at Longannet, and cancel plans for a new gas-fired station at its Cockenzie site, has again raised the issue of the effect of location-based “transmission network use of system” (TNU