Scot-Govt. pledges £50m investment in 13 new low-carbon energy, heating and storage projects in new Scottish Energy Strategy

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP,
Paul Wheelhouse, MSP,

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.

The draft Scottish Energy Strategy also seeks views on a number of critical issues including:

  • The future of onshore wind development in Scotland – and the Scot-Govt’s to make Scotland the first area in the UK to host subsidy-free onshore wind;
  • Innovation in offshore wind – including floating wind; there are no domestic Scots entrepreneurs in this market, with state-owned Scandinavian corporations leading the way forward
  • What steps St. Andrew’s House can take to support the full range of renewable electricity generation technologies to both meet domestic electricity demand and to provide economic opportunities for Scotland and opportunities for communities to invest;
  • The importance of security of supply, grid investment and the role for large-scale storage, such as pumped hydro storage;
  • The development and use of emerging energy sources and technologies – like hydrogen, for the provision of transport, moving away from petrol;
  • A renewed focus on energy efficiency – taking a targeted approach to reducing demand and transforming homes and businesses across Scotland, including through investment in district heating;
  • The delivery of smart local energy systems – overcoming grid constraints and providing local solutions to local needs;
  • Establishment of a Scottish Government owned energy company and its potential remit in meeting Scotland’s energy needs; and
  • The potential role for renewable energy bonds.

 Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Energy Minister said: “We are determined to support a stable, managed transition to a low carbon economy in Scotland, recognising the very real need to decarbonise our heat supplies and transport system.

“The oil and gas sector will continue to play a vital role during that transition, because our economy will continue to require hydrocarbons over this period.

“And the renewable energy sector has the potential to grow further, helping us meet our climate change targets through extending our success in decarbonising electricity supplies to secure a step-change in decarbonising energy for heat and transport.”

The consultation period on the draft Scottish Energy Strategy runs until 30 May 2017.

https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/draft-energy-strategy/.

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