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2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland

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4. Conclusion

This Routemap sets out a comprehensive path of actions to deliver on Scotland's ambition to be the green powerhouse of Europe. By setting Europe's most ambitious target for renewable electricity and putting in place the measures required to deliver it we are creating a competitive advantage for Scotland which will secure a prosperous and sustainable low carbon economy for the future.

Scotland is already leading the way in deploying renewable energy in the UK and in key sectors such as wave and tidal power and increasingly offshore wind. We now need to work together as a nation to turn this opportunity into real progress in sustainable economic growth which benefits all parts of Scotland and all communities, large and small. There are great opportunities for young Scots to develop successful careers in the low carbon economy.

We can only achieve these goals if we work closely in partnership with our neighbours in the British Isles and in Europe. Our high targets will make a disproportionate contribution to UK and EU targets and therefore help our neighbours as well as Scotland itself. Our growing skills and knowledge in this area will also allow us to work with countries from across the world to develop sustainable low carbon economies and to tackle climate change.

Our renewables ambition gives a clear answer to MacDiarmid's ironic question, "Scotland small? Our multiform, our infinite Scotland _small_?" By working in partnership on the wide range of activities set out in this Routemap we can make the real contribution to the future of our planet to which our country aspires.

Glossary of Terms

AD

Anaerobic Digestion

BiFab

Burntisland Fabrications Ltd

CAR

Controlled Activities Regulations

CARES

The Community And Renewable Energy Scheme

CCS

Carbon Capture & Storage

CES

Community Energy Scotland

CfD

Contracts for Difference

CHP

Combined Heat and Power

CLE

Construction Licensing Exec

CO 2

Carbon Dioxide

CRIG

Community Renewables Implementation Group

CT

Carbon Trust

DECC

Department of Energy & Climate Change

EfW

Energy From Waste

EMR

Electricity Market Reform

ENSG

Electricity Networks Strategy Group

ESF

European Structural Funds/European Social Fund

EST

Energy Saving Trust

ETP

Energy Technology Partnership

FCS

Forestry Commission Scotland

FFL

Fossil Fuel Levy

FITS

Feed-in Tariff Scheme

FQD

Fuel Quality Directive

FREDS

Forum for Renewable Energy Development Scotland

GB system

Great Britain System (Grid)

GHG

Greenhouse gas

GIB

Green Investment Bank

GP Wind

Good Practice Wind Project

GW

gigawatt

GWh

gigawatt Hour

HIE

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

HVDC

High Voltage Direct Current

ITREZ

International Technology Renewables Energy Zone

JIP

Joint Investment Project

kW

kilowatt

KWe

kilowatt electrical

LCVs

Low Carbon Vehicles

LTS

Learning Teaching Scotland

MAs

Modern Apprenticeships

MCS

Microgeneration Certification Scheme

MoD

Ministry of Defence

MW

megawatt

MWe

megawatt electrical

MWh

megawatt mour

MWth

megawatts thermal

NGenTec

Noval Generator Technology for Green Energy

NPF2

National Planning Framework

N-RIF

National Renewables Infrastructure Fund

NRIP

National Renewable Infrastructure Plan

OEMs

Original Equipment Manufacturers

OWIG

Offshore Wind Industry Group

PFOW

Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters

R&D

Research and Development

RAP

Renewables Action Plan

RED

Renewable Energy Directive

RHI

Renewable Heat Incentive

RHIG

Renewable Heat Implementation Group

RO

Renewables Obligation

ROC

Renewables Obligation Certificates

ROS

Renewable Obligation Scotland

RPP

Reporting policy & proposals

RSA

Regional Selective Assistance

SBSA

Buildings Regulation Scotland

SCHRI

Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative

SDI

Scottish Development International

SDS

Skills Development Scotland

SE

Scottish Enterprise

SEA

Strategic Environment Assessment

SEGEC

Scottish European Green Energy Centre

SEL

Scottish Energy Laboratory

SEPA

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

SET Plan

Strategic Energy Technology Plan

SFC

Scottish Funding Council

SG

Scottish Government

SHFCA

Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

SMEs

Small to Medium Enterprises

SNH

Scottish Natural Heritage

SPP

Scottish Planning Policy

SRDP

Scottish Rural Development Programme

SSE

Scottish & Southern Energy

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

STW

Scottish Territorial Waters

SVQ

Scottish Vocational Qualification

TNUoS

Transmission Network Use of System

TW

terawatt

TWh

terawatt hour

UKAS

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

UKTAG

UK Technical Advisory Group

WATERS fund

Wave and Tidal Energy: Research, Development and Demonstration Support

Units of Electrical Energy

kilowatt

1 kilowatt is equal to 1000 watts.

megawatt

1 megawatt is equal to 1000 kilowatts

gigawatt

1 gigawatt is equal to 1000 megawatts.

terawatt

1 terawatt is equal to 1000 gigawatts.

In the electric power industry, megawatt electrical (abbreviation: MWe or MWe) is a term that refers to electric power, while megawatt thermal or thermal megawatt (abbreviations: MW t, MW th, MWt, or MWth) refers to thermal power produced. Other SI prefixes are sometimes used, for example gigawatt electrical ( GW e).

A kilowatt-hour is the amount of energy equivalent to a steady power of 1 kilowatt running for 1 hour.

To give some indication of scale.

  • the average annual electricity usage by households in Scotland is 4.9 MWh
  • a domestic electric kettle will typically be rated at about 2.5 kW
  • the largest power station in Scotland (Longannet) can supply up to 2400 MW of electrical power
  • over a year, 1 MW of installed renewable capacity is estimated to deliver sufficient electrical energy to power the equivalent of 470 average Scottish homes.