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SEPA has several direct and indirect roles relating to the energy industry.

We seek to advise, influence, regulate and monitor the effects of energy supply, transmission and consumption on the environment, human health and the economy. Our energy position statement gives details of our role and our view on key energy issues.

Since energy is a reserved matter, strategic decision making roles and regulatory responsibilities relating to energy issues such as security, affordability and market fairness are made at the UK Government level. For more information, see this overview from the Government website.  

On 24 January 2017 the Scottish Government published its draft Energy Strategy consultation, "designed to provide a long term vision to guide detailed energy policy decisions over the coming decades" (closed 30 May 2017). This draft Strategy document was published alongside three additional consultations, which focused on specific areas of the energy system and complement the Draft Energy Strategy:

SEPA’s responses to the consultations will be published by the Scottish Government in due course.

We support the Government’s energy ambitions through involvement in the Scottish Energy Advisory Board and its subgroups. In particular, we work closely with the Renewable Industry Leadership Group and the Thermal Generation and Carbon Capture and Storage Industry Leadership Group.

SEPA has direct duties arising from specific legislation and general duties or responsibilities under the Environment Act 1995.  Specifically, we:

SEPA also has remit not directly related to regulation, where we seek to influence the decisions, approach and direction of others for the purpose of furthering our core aims and objectives.