Scotland's referendum: What are the issues around energy?

The question of whether energy bills would rise in the event of Scottish independence has come into sharp focus.

The pro-Union lobby believes householders would pay more post-Yes, but pro-independence backers disagree and say a single energy market would continue for the whole of the UK.

Here, we bring together the main stories, explainers and official documents covering the issue.

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What's the current set up?
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The UK government controls the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity. It also rules on nuclear energy and nuclear installations, plus nuclear safety and security. The Scottish government is opposed to new nuclear power stations and, despite the issue being a Westminster matter, it can refuse planning applications under the 1989 Electricity Act.

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What powers does Scotland have?

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What could change post-Yes?

The Scottish government's White Paper on independence said current levels of energy subsidy from across the UK should be maintained, with the retention of a single Great Britain-wide energy market keeping prices stable and energy supplies secure.

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White Paper: Environment, energy and resources

Minister Ewing says UK government is scaremongering

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What do the pro-Union parties have to say?

Politicians backing the Better Together campaign believe that because Scotland is part of the GB energy market and part of the UK its energy industry has flourished. They say the current single energy market means costs can be spread far and wide and customers benefit from consistency. But they reckon that under independence that single market would end.

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'Yes' vote 'could hit energy sector'

Minister Davey says 'energy benefits would go'

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Who is saying what, including you?

Politicians, academics, industry experts and members of the public have had much to say about the current energy system and what might happen to it in the event of a "Yes" vote.

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Expert looks at energy market claims

UK 'faces energy blackout risk', says regulator Ofgem

SSE says single market likely post-Yes

Cameron and Salmond focus on energy

Row over post-yes energy market

Experts examine referendum claims

Ofgem delays grid charges overhaul

Douglas Fraser: Complex energy choices, and in whose interests?

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Big reading - reports and speeches in full

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    12:17: 'Cowardly' attack on pensioner

    Police in Stranraer have launched an investigation after a pensioner was attacked and robbed in his home.

    The attack happened at about 23:15 on Saturday in Belmont Road after the 71-year-old answered the door.

    He was confronted by two people who overpowered him, knocked him to the ground and took more than £200.

    Police said the victim was not injured but had been left "shaken and distressed" by what they described as a "cowardly attack".

     
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    12:07: Deadline day deal for Boyd

    Scotland international winger George Boyd has left Hull and joined English Premier League rivals Burnley for an undisclosed fee.

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    11:45: Scotland Live Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

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    11:37: Council chief retiring

    The chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council has announced his retirement.

    Colin Mackenzie

    Colin Mackenzie was appointed to the post in 2008, from his former role as director of housing and social work.

     
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    11:28: Tom English BBC Scotland

    tweets: Celtic have legitimate gripes with Scepovic U-turn, but players pulling out of deals is not unusual. They'll have contingency plans, right?

     
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    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 11:22: Medical advice - your views

    Alan Cameron, Aberdeen: The male parent said quite clearly in the released video that he was concerned that seeking other treatment would result in a Protection Order. So that was why he and his family went abroad. The police are damned if they do, and damned if they don't do anything. The police are not medical experts and simply act (or not) on what they are told. The question for the hospital is why there was a six hour gap in the child going missing and the report to police. One could then argue that had there been adequate staff resources to notice the empty bed, then maybe this situation would not have been reached in the first place.

     
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    11:12: When Andy met the Anchorman

    Actor Will Ferrell is one of the celebrity fans enjoying the tennis at the US Open.

    As Ron Burgundy, Ferrell is known for is immaculate suits and salon-quality hair.

    Will Ferrell and Andy Murray

    When he met up with Andy Murray, he questioned the Dunblane-born sportsman's fashion credentials.

    Don't worry Andy. There are not many people who can live up the newsman's high standards.

     
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    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 11:04: Get involved

    As the referendum campaign reaches its climax, Good Morning Scotland's Gary Robertson is touring Scotland to highlight the big issues and get the views of voters.

    This morning he was in the east end of Glasgow, which has some of Scotland's - and indeed the UK's - most deprived areas. Poverty and how to tackle it has been one of the biggest areas of debate in the lead up to the independence ballot on 18 September.

    We want to hear what you think. How best should we tackle poverty in our communities? And is independence the best way to achieve change?

    Tell us using #ScotlandLive, by emailing newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or texting 80295.

     
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    10:57: Lift in the lurch

    Seven hotel guests had to spend part of the night trapped in a lift in Shetland.

    The fire and rescue service were called to a hotel in Lerwick to help free the guests from the elevator in the early hours of this morning.

     
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    10:43: Medical advice - your views

    Sheila Ferguson in reply to Lee Wootton on Scotland Live: A child with his parents cannot possibly count as abduction. They are his legal guardians. Everyone in the UK has the right to discharge themselves "AMA" - against medical advice. Do you want to take this right away? This case has got ridiculously out of hand. In the parents' eyes the doctors refused to give the child the optimal treatment for his cancer so they took him somewhere else to get it. How many charity appeals have you seen/given to - to take children to the US for instance - for "different" or "better" treatment?

     
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    10:36: Robson to Ross County?

    After former Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert was linked with the vacant manager's job at Ross Country, Aberdeen midfielder Barry Robson has played down his chances of becoming the new man in charge at the Highlands club.

    Barry Robson

    Watch the former Celtic star discuss the speculation on BBC Scotland's Sportscene.

     
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    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 10:27: Medical advice - your views

    Lee Wooton: Can I just point something out to all those who are complaining about "police state"? This child was taken from the hospital without asking, against medical advice across Europe to a medical service that's recognised as being of lower quality than the NHS. If the hospital had not raised the alarm, I guarantee that many of the people complaining about heavy handedness would be complaining about the NHS letting a chid be abducted. Can we please stop complaining about doctors and nurses who worry about the wellbeing of a child and and recognise that the parents had a hand in things getting this far.

     
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    10:23: The Courier

    @thecourieruk tweets: Philippines trio could face trial over claims they drove Fife teenager to suicide.

    Read the full story here.

     
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    10:19: Inverness road closure BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    The B9039 at the Dalcross to Inverness Airport junction has been closed due to a two-vehicle accident.

    Emergency services are at the scene and diversions are being put in place.

     
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    10:10: Food and drink jobs hope

    Nearly 10,000 additional jobs could be created in Scotland's food and drink sector over the next five years, according to a new report.

    Glass of whisky

    The Bank of Scotland found three-quarters of food and drink businesses it surveyed were forecasting up to 15% growth in the next five years.

    Two-thirds said they were expecting to increase their workforce by 2019.

     
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    Text 80295 10:01: Medical advice - your views

    Norrie: We are fast becoming a Police State - chasing parents who did nothing wrong in taking their child out of hospital AND routinely arming police officers on our streets without the consent of the people. This has to stop.

    Patricia: Let this family be with this little confused little boy. What if this little boy dies without his family being with him - who will be responsible for this? This family were living in the moment of hope.

    Moira: It is easy to demonise doctors and the NHS because we want them to get it right every time. Resources and knowledge are finite and sometimes bad news is so painful that you block out the worst news you could possibly have. The little boy's story is a tragedy for him and his parents and no one will be more aware if that than the medics treating him.

     
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    09:52: Wood you believe it?

    The annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships - also known as Carve Carr-Bridge - was held on Saturday at Carrbridge in the Cairngorms National Park.

    Pete Bowsher and carved cowboy

    Moffat-based Pete Bowsher won the coveted Claymore Trophy for the second year in a row with his cowboy carving, I Told You To Draw. See more pictures here.

     
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    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 09:46: Your pictures

    Kirsi Sutherland grabbed this spectacular shot last night at the end of the fireworks display marking the end of the Edinburgh festival.

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    You can send us your pictures via email, text 80295 or tweet at #ScotlandLive and we'll use the best.

     
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    09:37: Transfer Deadline Day Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Today is the day many football fans across the country have been waiting for.

    At 23:00, the summer transfer window for clubs in Scotland and England closes.

    Expect high drama, stressed out managers speaking to journalists through their car windows, and taxi drivers telling anyone who will listen that Messi is on his way to Glasgow.

    Perhaps not. Follow all the twists and turns throughout the day on BBC Sport.

     
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    09:25: Tsonga 'less afraid' of Murray

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andy Murray's opponent in the US Open later today, has said he is boosted by the Scot's uncertain form.

    Jo Wilfred Tsonga

    Ahead of the fourth round match at Flushing Meadows, the Frenchman said: "The locker room is maybe a bit less afraid of Andy because he's losing a few more matches than in the past."

     
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    Text 80295 09:16: Medical advice - your views

    Maureen in Aberdeen: It's a disgrace the way the parents have been treated - the NHS is OK, but only OK. Who wouldn't go to the ends of the earth for their child? Doctors are not God, how dare they act as if they own someone's body and soul!

    H in Edinburgh: The little boy's parents could have sought a second opinion etc leaving their little boy safely in hospital. They put their wee boy in grave danger exposing him to germs and infections.

     
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    09:05: What the papers say

    Today's front pages don't just feature the referendum.

    The Scotsman's splash says banning the return of British jihadis to the UK could be illegal, while The Daily Record leads with a former soldier who says the 13-year operation in Afghanistan achieved nothing.

    compo

    Back on the referendum beat, The Herald warns of polling station clashes as tensions rise. Read our full review here.

     
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    08:55: A question of energy

    What might a "Yes" vote in the referendum mean for energy policy?

    Lightbulbs

    BBC Scotland's environment correspondent David Miller has been finding out as part of our Daily Question series in the lead up to 18 September.

    You can read his analysis here.

     
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    08:45: Rise in skin cancer cases

    Skin cancer cases have increased two-and-a-half fold over the last 30 years - but survival rates have also soared, according to researchers from Glasgow.

    Researchers from the Alan Lyell Centre for Dermatology in Glasgow found a significant rise in cases since 1990.

    Sunburn

    But they also noted that 85% per cent of men and 90% of women now survive for at least five years after diagnosis.

    Scientists say more affordable foreign holidays, sunbeds and an ageing population is contributing to the increase in skin cancer.

     
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    08:32: All the sporting gossip

    Sporting Gijon's Serbian striker Stefan Scepovic has pulled out of a £2.4m move to Celtic at the last minute, while Celtic have told defender Virgil van Dijk he will not be allowed to leave on deadline day.

    Elsewhere, former Ajax striker Patrick Kluivert has "110%" ruled himself out of the running for the manager's job at Ross County.

    Steven Gallcher

    And in golf, Rory McIlroy and Paul Lawrie have backed Scotland's Stephen Gallacher for a wildcard slot in the Ryder Cup team after he missed out on automatic qualification.

    Read more of today's sporting gossip here.

     
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    08:22: Morning Call

    This morning we're talking about the couple who took their five-year-old son Ashya, who has a brain tumour, from a hospital in Southampton. Brett and Naghemeh King face extradition to the UK after being arrested in Malaga.

    Louise asks: Would you challenge medical advice when it comes to your child?

    Louise White

    Elsewhere, with the Scottish Paranormal Festival about to start - are too quick to dismiss the paranormal?

    Lines are open now. Call 0500 92 95 00, text 80295 or email morningcallscotland@bbc.co.uk.

     
  27.  
    08:15: Weather update BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Dry and bright with good sunny spells developing, the best in the south and east. The north west and Shetland will be cloudier with an odd very light shower. Winds will be light.

    Temperatures will reach 19 or 20C in the Borders, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. It will be 17 or 18C in Stornoway, Glasgow and Dumfries and closer to 15C in Shetland.

    You can see a full forecast at BBC Weather.

     
  28.  
    08:09: Registration deadline looms

    Both independence referendum campaigns have urged people to register to vote if they have not already done so.

    Residents have until midnight on Tuesday to ensure they can take part in this month's ballot.

    Ballot box

    Voter registration in Scotland has already reached record levels, with more than 4.1 million people listed on the electoral roll.

     
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    07:58: Welcome Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live. We'll be here till 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

    You can keep in touch on Twitter using #ScotlandLive, via email or by text on 80295.

     

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