Scot-Govt publishes first Scottish Energy Strategy (with typical trilemma vows on prices, carbon and climate change)


The Scot-Govt has today formally published its first Scottish Energy Strategy (along with a repeat announcement of last week’s allocation of £80 million in the Budget investment for low-carbon energy projects).

The general principles of the Scottish Energy Strategy mirror many of the now-standard energy tri- or quadrilemma issues on keeping prices as low as possible, encouraging low-carbon energy development and security of supply.

The six key priorities of the Scottish Energy Strategy – to be implemented ‘over the coming decades’ – are to:

  • Promote consumer engagement and protect consumers from excessive costs
  • Champion Scotland’s renewable energy potential, creating new jobs and supply chain opportunities
  • Improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes, buildings, industrial processes and manufacturing
  • Continue to support investment and innovation across our oil and gas sector, including exploration, innovation, subsea engineering, decommissioning and carbon capture and storage
  • Ensure homes and businesses can continue to depend on secure, resilient and flexible energy supplies
  • Empower communities by supporting innovative local energy systems and networks

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Energy Minister, explained: “Scotland’s first Energy Strategy will strengthen the development of local energy, empower and protect consumers, and support climate change efforts while tackling fuel poverty.

“This strategy will guide decisions of the Scottish Government over the coming decades. We want to make sure, within the scope of our devolved powers, good stewardship of Scotland’s energy sector – something we have called the UK Government to step up to for years.

“An open consultation was conducted at the beginning of this year which drew over 250 substantive responses. Those detailed responses have helped shape, inform and influence the strategy.”

The Scottish Energy Strategy can be found here: www.gov.scot/energystrategy 

Judge for yourself just how much the Scottish Energy Minister listened to the Scottish renewables industry at Scotland’s Renewables Future forum: –

http://www.scottishenergynews.com/scotlands-renewable-future-delivers-draft-new-scottish-energy-strategy/

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Energy Minister, declined an invitation to attend Scotland’s Renewable Future forum.

Meanwhile, Alexa Morrison, senior policy officer at RSPB Scotland, commented: “RSPB Scotland’s vision is for Scotland to decarbonise its energy system in harmony with nature, and for Scotland to be a global leader in demonstrating how renewable energy can grow and thrive without jeopardising our most special places for wildlife.

“We welcome the new Scottish Energy Strategy, in particular the new target for 50% of energy to come from renewables by 2030, and call on Scottish Government and industry to work together to deliver these important targets whilst at the same time protecting the special places for wildlife we hold dear, and in line with our national and international commitments to reverse biodiversity declines.”

For Citizens Advice Scotland, Sam Ghibaldan, head of the Consumer Futures Unit, commented: “We welcome the inclusion of consumer engagement and protection as the first theme of the Scottish Energy Strategy.

“As we journey to a low carbon future the energy market will be disrupted, and consumers’ interests should be put first as new structures and technologies are adopted.”

For Oil & Gas UK, Will Webster, energy policy manager, said: “In all future scenarios, our industry has a role to play as we transition to a lower carbon future and will remain the bedrock of Scotland’s future energy system.”

Chris Clark, Chairman, Solar Trade Association Scotland, said: “Whilst the Scottish Government recognises that solar has a role to play within the new Scottish Energy Strategy, it is disappointing that we are still missing the firm policy measures we need to boost the Scottish solar market. 

“We need to maximise the potential for solar across all markets, especially on all suitable roofs of newly constructed buildings. This is why we want to see a dedicated Solar Action Plan for Scotland. 

“The solar industry in Scotland is still in its infancy and the synergy solar provides with other technologies and smart systems, means this technology needs more prominence in the Scottish Government’s energy strategy. That is particularly the case if Scotland is to reach the target of 50% energy from renewables by 2030.”

STA Scotland analysis shows that Scotland could deploy around 6GW of solar within the next 12 years, creating 10,000 jobs by 2030 and a colossal £1.5 billion toward the Scottish economy.

Prof Stuart Haszeldine,  Director of the Scottish Carbon Centre + Storage project, commented: “The Scottish Energy Strategy shows that, if you look at the whole picture, more and diverse actions are needed, including the capture, re-capture and secure burial of waste carbon, which is causing climate change.

“Analysing all the energy sectors across Scotland, using real data, takes us to the reliable conclusion that we need to be more efficient with our energy supplies, we need to produce clean epubnergy from different technologies but we also need CCS as part of that mix – to supply clean low-cost hydrogen, to decarbonise industry and clean up fossil fuel use in our transition to a zero-carbon future.   

Prof Stuart Haszeldine,  Director of the Scottish Carbon Centre + Storage project, commented: “The Scottish Energy Strategy shows that, if you look at the whole picture, more and diverse actions are needed, including the capture, re-capture and secure burial of waste carbon, which is causing climate change.

“Analysing all the energy sectors across Scotland, using real data, takes us to the reliable conclusion that we need to be more efficient with our energy supplies, we need to produce clean epubnergy from different technologies but we also need CCS as part of that mix – to supply clean low-cost hydrogen, to decarbonise industry and clean up fossil fuel use in our transition to a zero-carbon future.

20 Dec 2017

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