YOUR 3 Big Wishes for Scotland’s Renewable Future: Call for 1GW tidal power and for industry to be devolved entirely to Holyrood

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 We asked – and you spoke – about your Big 3 Scottish renewable energy wishes in the run-up to Scotland’s Renewable Future conference.

Here are some of your replies.

Investment into battery storage for domestic use

  • That the Highlands is recognised as key development area for renewables comensurate with the production of renewable energy from the area 
  • Nationalisation of the distribution network to enable effective investment in our future energy distribution
  • Use of renewable generation income to tackle affordable warmth
  • 1 GW of installed tidal capacityThat universities would do more renewables R&D
  • A rapid scale-up in uptake of renewable heat technologies, recognising that a massive proportion of our energy use is in the form of heat. We have made comparatively little progress in this area compared to renewable electricity
  • We wish Westminster would devolve energy policy to the Scottish Government
  • For the rest of the UK to follow in Scotland’s footsteps
  • Build policy around 65-70% new flexible nuclear, and the remainder CCGT.
  • That nuclear generation be regarded as renewable
  • Expanding and improving the use of forestry and forest products for renewable energy generation


We’ll be publishing more of YOUR Scottish renewable energy wishes in the near future. And we’ll also include a selection in the Question Time debate, as well as sending a report from Scotland’s Renewable Future to the new Scottish Energy Minister and also to Amber Rudd, British Energy Minister (who was invited to attend the conference)

The Scotland’s Renewable Future conference is so-named because it’ll be doing just that:

* Focussing on the future at home, and abroad

* Focussing on the future in wind, wave, tidal and solar energies

* Focussing on the ‘big picture’ things that we need to do to de-carbonise heat and transport – the ‘next big things’

Which is why the invited speakers have been selected for their ability to foresee (if not actually fore-cast) the future.

The program is still being finalised but you can see sessions and confirmed speakers so far, below.

If you wish to be part of SCOTLAND’S RENEWABLE FUTURE – and to  receive updates on confirmed speakers – consider following us on Twitter or joining our mailing list.

Meanwhile, if you had three ‘magic wishes’ for , what would they be? Let us know:

Let us know what your top three ‘wishes’ are for Scotland’s Renewable Future. We shall feed these into the ‘Question Time’ debate with Holyrood and/or Westminster MPs at the conference.
SCOTLAND’S RENEWABLE FUTURE conference, 26 May 2016 
09:00am – 09:30am Registration and Networking
09:30am – 09:45am Andy Kerr, Director of Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation 
Welcome & Introduction
09:45 – 10:15 Ian Marchant, Chairman of Wood Group
Keynote Address – The Tale of Two Futures
10:15am – 10:45am Neil Kermode, Managing Director of European Marine Energy Centre
10:45am – 11:00am Refreshments & Networking
11:00am – 11:30am TBC
11:30am – Noon Prof. Stuart Haszeldine, Director of Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage
Carbon Capture
Noon – 12:30pm TBC
12:30pm – 1:00pm Networking Lunch & Refreshments
1:00pm – 1:30pm Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy UK
1:30pm – 2:00pm Neil Douglas, Natural Power
Onshore Wind
2:00pm – 2:30pm TBC
2:30pm – 3:00pm Refreshments & Networking
3:00pm – 3:30pm TBC
3:30pm – 4:00pm Jon Cape, Managing Director of iPower
Solar’s Role in Scotland’s Renewable Future
4:00pm – 5:00pm ‘Question Time’ Debate, Chaired by Jeremy Peat
5:00pm – 6:00pm Networking Drinks Reception
 Ps: Don’t worry about the ‘gaps’ in this speaker programme. Almost all of these slots have been filled pending final confirmations with the speakers.

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Meanwhile, great MPs’ minds are also thinking alike. Members of the House of Commons’ Energy Committee are asking the industry and members of the public alike for their ‘top three wishes’ for innovations that could ‘transform the future UK energy sector’.

As a first step in its inquiry into ‘disruptive technologies’, the Energy and Climate Change Committee of MPs is seeking answers to a single question:

 “Which innovations have the greatest potential to revolutionise energy markets, and why?” Please refer to no more than three.

The deadline for submissions is 3 May 2016. To send a written submission to MPs:  Send a written submission to the Energy revolution inquiry

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