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Achieving security of supply for Scottish consumers will be the central priority for this Government in an independent Scotland. Provided this is not jeopardised, Scotland will continue to participate in the GB-wide market for electricity and gas, reflecting the integrated transmission networks between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
It will be in the interests of both countries for there to be an integrated market across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Scotland’s transmission network is deeply interconnected with the rest of Great Britain, and Scotland will continue to export its energy to the rest of the UK. Retaining the GB energy market after independence brings the benefits of energy security to customers and businesses north and south of the border.
A single transmission operator, National Grid, can continue to balance supply and demand throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.
This Government proposes that an independent Scotland will seek a new energy partnership with Westminster to steer energy policy jointly and to ensure proper governance of the integrated market.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.