Scotland’s Renewable Future conference – which featured a galaxy of star speakers – has generated a ‘first draft’ of the new Scottish Energy Strategy for the Scottish Government. While the newly-appointed Scottish energy minister and trade and industry secretary take time to come up to speed with their new portfolios, leading figures in the Scottish renewables sector have been able to save them some time. Notwithstanding the greater UK-constitutional realities under which the Scottish Government does not have full control of all the economic levers, the industry wants to see clear and positive leadership – as well as much more, and much faster, progress to. Draft new Scottish Energy Strategy: De-carbonise heating and transport, with specific and measureable milestones and with pre-set annual percentages for the public sector (health, education, local government, emergency services, etc); Develop and implement the following specific policies to create new employment in Scottish renewables sector: Greater support – including specific policy goals and measurable milestones – for solar power – ‘even in Scotland!’ Greater support – including specific policy goals and measurable milestones – for using one of Scotland’s biggest natural resources (cold water) for heatpumps in housing; Clear policy, practice and delivery, on energy storage – notably battery storage for solar PV systems; Clear policy objectives for ‘smarter grids’ and active network management – ie policy-led practice rather than ‘simple’ technology-led ‘silo-working’ – ie a ‘system-wide’ approach. A supportive policy framework to give both on- and off-shore wind time to become subsidy-free; A focussed and targeted unit aimed at supporting the development of a Scottish wind turbine and blade manufacturing sector (in the same way, for instance, that Scot-Govt stepped into create Wave Energy Scotland following high-profile corporate collapses in the sector); Clear and specific policy goals and measurable milestones for carbon-capture and storage (rather than political grand-standing and party point-scoring); Clear and specific policy goals and measurable milestones for hydro-power; Clear and specific policy goals and measurable milestones for marine/ocean energy.
Scottish Energy News 6th June 2016 read more »