Longannet closure threat to be investigated by MSPs

11.03.2015

The future of Longannet power station in Fife will be investigated today by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

The power station, which produces approximately 20 per cent of Scotland’s electricity and is the second largest plant of its kind in the UK is under threat of closure.  

Senior representatives from power station owners Scottish Power, National Grid, regulator Ofgem, Scottish and Southern Energy and then Fife Council will face questions from MSPs. 

Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Murdo Fraser MSP said: 

“The uncertainty over Longannet’s future has national implications for the ability of Scotland to meet demand for electricity and of course for the local economy in West Fife.   

“The seriousness of the situation is reflected in the fact that we have urgently called to Holyrood representatives of the major players in the electricity industry.  

“There is no doubt that this is a complex situation but it is vital that we question those with a role in deciding Longannet’s future to account for their decisions and future plans.” 

Background

Witnesses giving evidence to the Committee at their meeting on Wedneday 11 March at 09:45am is as follows: 

  • Mike Calviou, Director of Transmission Network Service, National Grid; 
  • Martin Crouch, Senior Partner, Transmission, Ofgem;
  • Jim Smith, Managing Director, Energy Portfolio Management, Scottish and Southern Energy;
  • Neil Clitheroe, CEO Retail & Generation, Scottish Power;

and then from— 

  • Councillor Tom Adams, and Robin Presswood, Head of Service, Economy, Planning and Employability Services, Fife Council.

The meeting will be broadcast live from Committee room 4 on Parliament TV from 09:45am.

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