Proposed changes to fees charged for applications under the Electricity Act 1989

Closes 23 Jun 2022

Opened 30 Mar 2022

Overview

This consultation document sets out proposals for changes to fees to be charged for applications submitted under sections 36, 36C and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 ("the Electricity Act"). 

Read the consultation paper.

Why your views matter

The Scottish Ministers are responsible for determining applications for consent under sections 36, 36C and 37 of the Electricity Act for certain onshore and offshore generating stations and overhead lines. The Energy Consents unit and Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team process these applications on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. 

The current fees payable for these applications are set out in The Electricity (Applications for Consent and Variation of Consent) (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2019.

In accordance with the Scottish Public Finance Manual, the Scottish Government adopts the principle that there should be full cost recovery for all public services, including those associated with discharging consenting functions under the Electricity Act. There is currently a shortfall between the cost of processing these applications on behalf of the Scottish Ministers and the income received from the existing fees. This consultation paper sets out proposed changes to fees to address this shortfall and support full cost recovery going forward as follows:

  • an increase to existing fee categories of approximately 20%;
  • new bandings for larger scale applications for developments that exceed capacities of 500MW, 750MW and 1 GW;
  • changes to the fees and bandings for variation applications to reflect the increased resource needed where these applications require an environmental impact assessment.

Scottish Ministers would welcome your views on the proposed changes to fees payable for applications under sections 36, 36C and 37 of the Electricity Act. Your views will help inform our decision.

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  • Energy