Meeting to be held amid Power Station concern

Peterhead Power Station
Peterhead Power Station

Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford is to meet with energy bosses to discuss the future of Peterhead Power Station.

The meeting comes as Dr Whiteford and Callum McCaig received a response from the UK’s Minister for Energy and Industry to a letter written last month regarding the facility’s future.

In his letter, Mr Jesse Norman said the current market conditions made operating the plant “very challenging”.

Now Dr Whiteford will meet with representatives from both the National Grid and Ofgem.

Mr Norman also said the disparity in transmission charges across the UK-wide network was down to the higher cost of generators in Scotland and he dismissed plans to reconsider the £1billion of capital funding which was pulled in 2015.

He said the move had been a “tough decision” for the Government, which would be setting out a report in the coming months on its future approach to CCS.

However he did not indicate plans to reignite Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) funding for the facility.

Dr Whiteford, said: “Ofgem is directly accountable to the government and I would ask the department to look again and reconsider the transmission charge regime.

“The Government has failed to answer the call made in our letter which asked for clarity on this very issue.

“They have also failed to give any indication the department would be willing to exhaust all options to safeguard the future of Peterhead Power Station.”