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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  1.  
    Celtic suffer heavy defeat 11:08:

    Away from the Games, Celtic suffered a nightmare first-leg defeat in the third round qualifying for the Champions League.

    Celtic defeated in Poland

    The Parkhead side lost 4-1 to Legia Warsaw last night after taking an early lead in Poland.

    Read more and listen to an interview with Celtic manager Ronny Deila here.

     
  2.  
    Bottle fine 11:00:

    A 25-year-old man from Perth, Australia has been fined £400 for throwing a bottle at a man at the Commonwealth Games boxing event.

    Laith Samardali is the brother of Australian boxer Jordan.

    He missed the member of the public and the plastic bottle hit a seven-year-old child.

     
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    Bolt quotes 10:53:

    The Times has released its transcript of a conversation in which it claimed Usain Bolt made disparaging remarks about the Commonwealth Games.

    Usain Bolt

    The newspaper reported on Wednesday that the Olympic 100m champion said he was not enjoying the Glasgow Games.

    But Bolt described the article as "nonsense" and "lies" on Twitter and later told reporters the Games were "awesome".

     
  4.  
    10:43:

    @millarmind tweets: 14:28 start time today for me. Going to be a proud moment rolling off the start ramp.

     
  5.  
    Yesterday's highlights 10:31:

    BBC Scotland's Andy Burke presents a video round-up of all yesterday's highlights from the Games, including Dan Keating's fantastic silver in the all-round gymnastics, and Guy Learmonth, who ran the race of his life to qualify for the 800m final alongside David Rudisha.

    Guy Learmonth

    Watch the video here.

    You can also read about all yesterday's best bits.

     
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    Time trial latest 10:29:

    BBC reporter Kevin Keane captured this image of Antri Christoforou of Cyprus.

    Antri Christoforou

    The leading riders in the Games time trial are passing Hogganfield Loch on their way to East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire.

     
  7.  
    They're off! 10:17:

    @BBCSport tweets: Live women's road cycling on @BBCOne next - Olympic medalist Emma Pooley's last race before retirement #Glasgow2014

    Emma Pooley

    Or, if you live to the north and east of Glasgow, you can just get out and watch it.

     
  8.  
    10:07:

    @NetworkRailSCOT tweets: The line at Lenzie has now reopened however residual delays will be experienced until after the morning peak. Sorry for the disruption.

     
  9.  
    Cycle man 09:59:

    @BBCJohnBeattie tweets: Interviewing the man who lent the Malawi team some bikes

    John Beattie

    Catch John on BBC Radio Scotland from 12:00.

     
  10.  
    Legacy? 09:49:

    Glasgow will benefit from the vast amount of money spent hosting the Commonwealth Games - according to Clyde Gateway Regeneration.

    Over £500m pound has been spent on hosting and an entire athlete's village built in the east end - which will be used as housing after the games.

    Especially if you live in Glasgow, how much do expect by way of lasting change?

    Contact us on newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

     
  11.  
    Paper review 09:36:

    BBC Scotland has a guide to this morning's papers.

    Front pages 31 July

    As well as Glasgow 2014 (of course) there are reports on Nato and the Baltic states, and the challenge to the NHS in Scotland of treating an increasing number of older pensioners.

     
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    Keep smiling 09:27:

    Debbie Paterson sent us this picture of Clydesiders at the hockey arena having fun with the local police.

    Clydesiders and police officers

    We'd love to see your images from Glasgow 2014. Send them to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

     
  13.  
    Medal haul 09:18:

    Scotland's Daniel Keatings took silver and Viorel Etko claimed bronze on day seven of Glasgow 2014.

    Medal table

    Keatings finished second in the men's all-around gymnastics final at the Hydro. Etko defeated Malta's Adam Vella to win the wrestling bronze medal in the 61kg.

    Team Scotland is currently in fourth place in the table, with a total of 39 medals. England are top with 105.

     
  14.  
    Australian athlete held by police 09:10:

    An Australian weightlifter who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games has been held by police following an assault on a Welsh athlete.

    Francois Etoundi, 29, is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff court.

    The alleged assault on the unnamed athlete is said to have taken place at the athletes' village in Glasgow at about 06:00 on Wednesday.

    A Team Wales spokesman said: "We're aware of an incident that occurred involving a member of Team Wales."

     
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    More rail disruption 08:59:

    Scotrail tweets: services between Glasgow Queen Street and Stirling may be cancelled, delayed or diverted via Cumbernauld at short notice

     
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    Taking flight 08:57:

    An independent economic group has called for the future expansion of London airports to take Scotland and other parts of the UK into consideration.

    Busy airport

    The Scottish Council for Development and Industry has also lobbied for action to increase long-haul services from Scottish airports.

     
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    Mapping the route 08:42:

    The cycling time trial is a gruelling course that takes in North Lanarkshire and parts of East Dunbartonshire before heading back to Glasgow.

    Time trial map

    Thousands are expected to line the route - don't forget to send us your pictures as the cylists whizz by. You can tweet them using #ScotlandLive or email them here.

     
  18.  
    Today at the Games 08:29:

    Scottish athletes are in action in plethora of events today.

    Away from David Millar and Katie Archibald in this morning's time trial, individual apparatus finals in the gymnastics start at 15:00, with all-round silver medal winner Dan Keating holding Scottish hopes in the pommel-horse.

    In the athletics, Eilidh Child goes for gold in the 400m hurdles, while para athletes Meggan Dawson-Farrell and Samantha Kinghorn will compete in the T54 1500m.

    Eilidh Child

    Full coverage of every Games event is available on the BBC, across TV, radio and online.

     
  19.  
    08:23: Contact us

    Much of the cycling time trial today can be watched free - if you can find a good vantage point.

    What has been your favourite free event of Glasgow 2014?

    And if you are at the cycling, send us your thoughts and your pictures.

    Text 80295, email newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

     
  20.  
    08:15: Coming up Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    Parcel delivery firms are to be given a "statement of principles" to try to improve things for people in "remote" parts of the UK. I'll be asking: When it comes to deliveries are you being punished by your postcode?

    And more than a dozen family pairings are competing in Glasgow 2014. Has sibling rivalry helped or hindered you in life?

    Morning Call on BBC Radio Scotland starts at 08:50. Phone me on 0500 92 95 00; Text 80295; email morningcallscotland@bbc.co.uk

    Listen live from 08:50.

     
  21.  
    07:58: Train disruption

    @BBCTravelScot tweets: Disruption trains GW Queen St/ Edn Waverley,/GQS and Perth and GQS and Alloa All services through Croy being delayed or disrupted.

     
  22.  
    07:55: Local hero

    Who to cheer on at the cycling time trial?

    David Millar

    A favourite with the crowds is likely to be defending Commonwealth Games champion David Millar.

    Also watch out for England's Alex Dowsett, who won silver at Delhi 2010.

    In the women's race, young Scottish talent Katie Archibald will get her chance to shine.

     
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    07:40: Wild paths

    More than 120km of paths across Scotland's national parks are set to be renovated thanks to a £3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Highland glen

    Eroded pathways in the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are to be restored and upgraded as part of the People and the Mountains project.

     
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    07:30: Cycling trials

    Major road closures are being made in and around Glasgow ahead of the cycling time trial.

    Cyclist

    The 40km route - 30km for women - starts and ends at Glasgow Green.

    The single loop course takes in a huge swathe of countryside in North Lanarkshire and cuts across East Dunbartonshire before coming back to Glasgow via the city's east end.

     
  25.  
    07:17: Kylie confirmed

    Kylie Minogue will perform alongside Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie MacLean at the closing ceremony of Glasgow 2014.

    Kylie

    (OK, it was confirmed yesterday, but who can resist another picture of Kylie?)

     
  26.  
    07:11: Today's weather BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    It'll be cloudy, with rain through the Highlands and Islands drifting north and east.

    A wet start for the south west too, moving east to Lanarkshire but with bright spells later across Tayside, the central belt and Southern Uplands.

    However, expect some hefty showers after lunch with a risk of thunder. Less windy than of late with highs of 17C to 20C.

     
  27.  
    07:01: Sandy Murray BBC Scotland news

    Welcome to BBC Scotland's live coverage of news, sport, weather and travel across the country on Thursday 31 July. It is day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and we'll be keeping you up to date on all the Team Scotland action. We're here until 23:00.

     

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