EXCLUSIVE: Official Scot-Govt report shows Scottish, UK and Norway energy sectors increasingly worried about Renewables After Brexit

EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News

There are growing fears over the economic, regulatory and climate-change threats posed by Brexit to the Scottish energy sector now that Britain is moving towards independence from the EU-bloc.

Key findings from the independent analysis of the responses to the consultation over the Scot-Govt’s draft Scottish Energy Strategy show that the Scottish energy sector is worried over:

Uncertainties around Brexit and the need for clarity on this before signing up to a new EU based energy efficiency target, and


A perceived divergence in some Scottish and UK policies and strategies, the role of European Union policy and regulation to date and lack of clarity on relationships with the EU going forward.

The report states: “There were a number of recurring sub-themes in comments at this question.

“Most commonly these included the need to recognise the interdependencies between Scottish and UK energy systems, a perceived divergence in some Scottish and UK policies and strategies and the role of European Union policy and regulation to date.”

 And while correspondents throughout the consultation agreed the need for a greater focus on skills, resources and workforce matters to ensure the industry is well-supported and equipped to deliver the Scottish Energy Strategy, the report adds:

 “Some respondents thought the industry are facing challenges in this area – particularly in light of Brexit.”

For more details, sponsorship opportunities and conference booking details: www.renewablesafterbrexit.co.uk
For more details, sponsorship opportunities and conference booking details: www.renewablesafterbrexit.co.uk

The report also revealed concerns that the Scot-Govt’s aim to supply the equivalent of 50% of all Scotland’s energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030 is ‘too ambitious’.

It finds: “Though there was overall support for this target, there is a perception from several respondents that this is too ambitious, while a small number disagree with setting targets altogether.”

There were 252 responses to the Scottish Energy Strategy consultation – 200 from organisations and 52 from individuals; these included the following: 



  •  Banks Renewables
  • Brookfield Renewable
  • Scotland Calor Gas
  • Centrica plc – Scottish Gas
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  • Community Energy Scotland
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
  • Doosan Babcock Energy
  • Aberdeen City Council
  • DP Energy
  • Dunelm Energy
  • EDF Energy
  • Aberdeen Heat & Power
  • Aberdeenshire council
  • Argyll and Bute Council
  • Artemis Intelligent Power
  • Argyll, Lomond and the Islands Energy Agency
  • Atlantis Resources
  • Eishken Ltd (Stornoway renewables)
  • Elmhurst Energy
  • Energy Intensive Users Group
  • Falck Renewables
  • Floating Power Plant
  • Glass and Glazing Federation
  • Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute
  • GMB Scotland
  • Green Cat Renewables
  • Innogy
  • iPower Energy
  • Renewables Mineral Products Association
  • Muirhall Energy
  • National Grid plc
  • Nova Innovation
  • OFGEM (UK regulator)
  • Oil and Gas UK
  • Renewable Energy Forum
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Pale Blue Dot Energy
  • Petrofac
  • Red Rock Power Ltd (Chinese state owned Scottish subsidiary)
  • RenewableUK
  • RES
  • RJ McLeod Contractors
  • Glasgow Caledonian University; School of Law
  • Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee
  • Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group
  • Scotstream Generation Ltd
  • Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
  • Scottish Water
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Solar Trade Association
  • SSE plc
  • Statkraft
  • Summit Power Caledonia
  • UK Sustainable Energy Association
  • Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd
  • UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bio-resources Association (ADBA)
  • European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
  • Highlands Council
  • Scotch Whisky Association
  • UK Energy Research Centre
  • UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
  • UK Oil and Gas
  • Vestas Celtic Wind Technology
  • Wood Group plc

Renewables After Brexit:

The stakes have never been higher 


The aim of this crucial Renewables After Brexit conference is to look at the key issues from the point of view of businesses in tackling the ‘Brexit trilemma’ of law, policy and the environment.

This event on 1 December at Dundee University is likely to be the key renewable energy conference of the year.

The following industry experts are also due to speak

  • Jorge Vasconcelos, Council of Europe Energy Regulators and EU Energy Roadmap 2050 Advisory Group
  • Munir Hassan, Head of Clean Energy, CMS Cameron McKenna; (Practical steps and considerations for renewables projects and investors in preparing for Brexit”)
  • John Campbell, QC
  • Dave Pearson, Director, Star Renewable Energy
  • Mark Sommerfeld, Policy Analyst, UK Renewable Energy Association
  • Graham Provest, Managing Director, Absolute Solar and Wind Energy
  • Ian Dunsmore, Scottish Water Horizons
  • Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK

Being held on 1 December 2017 at the University of Dundee, the conference is a joint venture between the University’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy and Scottish Energy News.

For more details, sponsorship opportunities and conference booking details: www.renewablesafterbrexit.co.uk

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