Scottish Renewable has described the publication of a draft strategy on the future of energy in Scotland as a “landmark moment”. Earlier today, Minster for Business, Innovation and Strategy outlined the government’s plans for a low carbon future. It includes £50million of funding which will be made available to support 13 projects which demonstrate low carbon or renewable electricity, heating or storage solutions across Scotland. Jenny Hogan, director of policy, said: “This is a landmark moment in Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon economy. “The new draft strategy shows that Scotland is serious about building on the fantastic progress made in renewable power over the past decade and maintaining our position as a global leader in green energy. “Setting a new target for renewables to deliver half of our energy needs by 2030 sends a strong signal that renewable energy will be at the heart of Scotland’s economy and is key to meeting our climate change targets at lowest cost. “While ambitious, the target is achievable but absolutely depends on the right support from both the UK and Scottish Governments.”
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A new target to deliver the equivalent of 50 per cent of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030 was unveiled today, as part of a key consultation on Scotland’s first energy strategy. The draft Scottish Energy Strategy, published today, sets out a vision for 2050 for Scotland to have a modern, integrated energy system that delivers reliable, low carbon energy at affordable prices to consumers in all parts of Scotland. The Strategy will build upon the existing economic strengths of the energy sector in Scotland, while protecting energy security and setting out our approach to tackling fuel poverty. This vision will be supported next month when we will announce details of up to £50 million in funding to be awarded to 13 projects, at sites across Scotland, which will demonstrate low carbon or renewable electricity, heating or storage solutions.
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A Scottish government-owned energy company that would potentially go head-to-head with “big six” utility companies has been proposed by ministers at Holyrood. The Scottish Government is proposing to create a taxpayer-owned energy company that could supply power on a not-for-profit basis as part of its latest energy strategy, published on Tuesday. A government-owned energy company could also potentially act as an issuer of “renewable energy bonds”, similar to green bonds used to finance low carbon schemes, according to the strategy which will be put out for consultation.
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The Scottish government has taken the first steps to heavily cutting the country’s reliance on North Sea oil and gas after calling for 50% of Scotland’s entire energy needs to come from renewables. In a subtle but significant shift of emphasis for the Scottish National party after decades championing North Sea production, ministers unveiled a new energy strategy intended to push motorists, homeowners and businesses into using low- or zero-carbon green energy sources for half their energy needs by 2030. Currently, 47% of Scotland’s total energy use comes from petroleum products largely extracted from Scotland’s North Sea oil platforms, and 27% from domestic and imported natural gas needed for home heating. With opposition parties and environment groups expressing scepticism about a lack of detail in the new strategy, Scottish ministers privately admit cutting oil use is their biggest challenge in hitting far tougher targets unveiled last week to reduce Scotland’s total greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032.
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Half of Scotland’s heat transport and electricity energy needs will be met by renewables by 2030 under plans published by the Scottish government. The draft Scottish Energy Strategy sets out a vision for the transition away from oil and gas dependency and towards a low-carbon economy by 2050. Only 13% of Scotland’s total final energy consumption came from renewable sources in 2013.
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Environmental groups welcomed the document, with Gina Hanrahan, from WWF Scotland, saying “it sends a strong message to business and industry, both here and globally, that Scotland plans to build on its amazing progress on renewable electricity in the heat and transport sectors”. She added: “A transformation in how we heat our homes and offices, how we travel to work and school, and how we power our industries will generate many social and economic benefits. “Research shows that generating half of our energy from renewables by 2030 is both necessary and achievable.” Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, welcomed the strategy, and added: “With 50 per cent of all energy to come from renewables by 2030 and 100 per cent of our electricity well before then, this plan sets us firmly on course to becoming one of the leading low-carbon nations in the world.” Jenny Hogan, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, said the document was “a landmark moment in Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon economy”. She said: “Setting a new target for renewables to deliver half of our energy needs by 2030 sends a strong signal that renewable energy will be at the heart of Scotland’s economy and is key to meeting our climate change targets at lowest cost.” The strategy set out a “renewed focus” on energy efficiency, and pledged to make Scotland’s buildings almost zero carbon by 2050.
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Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, raised doubts over the credibility of the plan. He said that Scotland’s nuclear power stations offered a reliable baseload that renewables could not match, and attacked SNP ministers’ refusal to countenance a new Scottish nuclear power station as being based on an “article of faith” rather than logic. Although energy is a reserved matter, Scottish ministers can block new plants using their powers over planning. Mr Greatrex, a former MP who served as Ed Miliband’s shadow energy minister, added: “All this strategy is doing is delaying a decision over a serious problem which will become more and more difficult, and expensive, to solve.”
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Roseanna Cunningham: We must all be energised to build a country that is fairer and greener. The publication of our new draft Climate Change Plan represents an opportunity to build on the ambitious approach that has seen Scotland gain recognition in the international community for its work reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Seven years ago the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the most ambitious climate change legislation in the world and, more recently, by exceeding our 2020 climate change targets and achieving a 42 per cent reduction in emissions six years early, we cemented our reputation as world leaders.
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The Solar Trade Association Scotland has welcomed the draft new Scottish energy strategy – which includes many of its ‘asks’, for example, the pledge to further the role of solar in the review of building regulations and a planned action to address grid constraints will also encourage solar developers. John Forster, Chairman, STA Scotland, said: “We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to help deliver their ambitious targets. “Scotland’s solar potential has yet to be tapped so there is a large scope for growth in the industry, creating local jobs and business opportunities as well as environmental benefits.” “There is strong evidence that large growth of solar will have significant benefits for Scotland. It will help meet the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty and community energy targets, as one of the most versatile renewable sources. It also complements the existing renewable energy mix; research shows that solar helps reduce the cost of intermittency associated with wind.
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A new Govt. target to deliver the equivalent of 50 per cent of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030 was published today for public consultation in the draft Scottish Energy Strategy. Additionally, the Scot-Govt. will announce details next week of up to £50 million in funding to be awarded to 13 renewable energy projects, including low-carbon projects, and heating and energy storage solutions. Just like the UK government, the Scottish energy strategy sets out a vision for 2050 for Scotland to have an integrated energy system that delivers reliable, low carbon energy at affordable prices to consumers in all parts of the nation, while building upon existing economic strengths of the energy sector in Scotland, while protecting energy security and tackling fuel poverty. Earlier, the Offshore Wind Programme Board announced that the cost of energy from offshore wind has fallen by 32% since 2012.
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Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, the Scottish Energy Minister, said the aim of the energy strategy is to create a long-term vision for the Scottish energy system, identifying three priority areas; –Securing energy supplies to meet our needs; Transforming energy demand and use, and Creating smart local energy systems. In doing so, it introduces consideration of some of the potential ‘game changers’, such as hydrogen fuel and CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage), that do not yet exist at any scale in Scotland and were absent from the Climate Change Plan. In this respect it links to the Scottish Energy Efficiency Plan (also published today) and other key existing plans and statements, such as the Electricity Generation Policy Statement (published in 2013) and Heat Policy Statement (2015). Professor Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at Strathclyde University’s International Public PoIicy Institute, commented: “The ambitious and ‘whole system’ approach to the new Scottish Energy Strategy, particularly with a strong focus on demand and local level energy system issues, is to be welcomed. “However, building from this initial strategy, there will be challenges in developing a set of plans and policies that are actually do-able.
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