So has Wheelhouse listened to the Scottish renewable energy sector for our draft new Scottish Energy Strategy?

Here’s what the YOU said at Scotland’s Renewable Future Forum in Apr 2016.


Scotland’s Renewable Future delivers draft new Scottish Energy Strategy

Scotland’s Renewable Future forum and 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 Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, 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 (Apr 2016)

  • 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) to measure progress
  • 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) forheatpumps in housing. (This technology is being championed in Glasgow by Star Renewable Energy – but only after it installed a heat-pump driven heating system in Norway)
  • 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

By setting clear and specific policy goals – and measurable milestones – ie by prescribing ‘must-deliver by’ energy type, the private sector supply chain would have a clear and stable addressable target market

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The new Scottish Energy Strategy (24 Jan 2017)


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