While many of the responses to the Scot-Govt’s Scottish Energy Strategy have highlighted its vague and opaque rhetoric on decarbonising heat and transport, solar power has been eclipsed and geo-thermal energy has been buried – or forgotten. And while the Scotland Forum of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities – whose members include Glasgow cooncil – welcomes much of the ambition of the Scottish Government to continue to drive a renewable energy revolution forward, it also calls for greater ambition in a number of important areas, including heat and transport. The Scotland Forum said that Scottish Government should encourage all public bodies to develop a strategy for solar energy. Currently most (71%) of UK councils currently have no strategy or plan for future solar investment, and no target for future deployment, while 70% have no plans to deploy solar in the next five years. Many councils blame changes to government subsidy schemes, with 47% citing cuts in financial support as the main barrier to investment in solar energy. Lack of capital to provide up-front investment was also cited as a barrier by 23% of respondents, while a lack of internal stakeholder buy-in was highlighted by six per cent. Meanwhile, supporters of geothermal heat energy will be disappointed to read only one passing mention to this energy source in the draft Scottish Energy Strategy.
Scottish Energy News 13th March 2017 read more »