Half-day seminar exploring the significance of energy autonomy for an independent Scotland in an interdependent world
When: 18 January 2013 from 13:45 to 17:30
Scotland's rich energy resources – oil, gas, and now renewables – have played an important role in the economic and political case for greater autonomy. The Scottish Government and Parliament currently have only limited legal powers in relation to energy policy, but independence would deliver full domestic legal competence.
The Scottish Government already pursues distinctive energy policy goals and with greater autonomy could improve the applicability to Scottish needs. However, it could be argued that autonomy is illusionary in a world of inter-connected energy markets in which domestic energy policy is increasingly constrained by supranational obligations.
This half-day seminar explores these issues, examining the significance of energy policy in the constitutional debate, and the potential impact of constitutional change in different energy sectors, drawing upon experience of negotiating energy autonomy and interdependence in other small European nations.
|13:50||Session 1: Energy Policy and Scotland’s Constitutional Future – Setting the Scene||John Paterson|
|14:35||Session 2: Constitutional Change and Sectoral Policy||Greg Gordon, Aileen McHarg|
|16:10||Session 3: Autonomy and Interdependence in Energy Policy: Comparative Experience||Anita Rønne, Paul Gorecki|
The seminar is free of charge and open to anyone who wants to attend. Registration is required as places are limited.
Main Lecture Theatre
22 Richmond Street
Glasgow G1 1XQ