This is a Scottish Government consultation paper on Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES), and regulation of district heating. It is one of a number of consultations on the draft Climate Change Plan, the draft Energy Strategy and related activity, published in January 2017 .
Your views are invited on the role that regulation could play in both:
• the planning at local level of heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency programmes within our new Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), which is due to begin from 2018 onwards, and
• supporting the development of district heating in Scotland
The Scottish Government designated energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority in June 2015, covering energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation of both domestic and non-domestic buildings. The subsequent publication of the 2015 Infrastructure Investment Plan gave a commitment to multi-year funding of SEEP, which was substantiated in the 2016 Programme for Government (PfG), confirming Ministers’ commitment to a minimum of £0.5 billion over the next four years, to support the initial phase of the programme.
Consultation on district heating regulation and Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES)
This consultation document meets our PfG commitment to consult on heat regulations commensurate with the scale of the heat market. It has been drafted in collaboration with the Short Life Working Group which the Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy established in October 2016, to respond to the recommendations on district heating regulation given by the previous Special Working Group (SWG) of the Expert Commission on District Heating.
This is a high level policy scoping consultation that seeks views and further evidence on a broad scenario for district heating regulation and Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, that would deliver the recommendations of the previous SWG, and which would support the development of SEEP:
• Section A consults on the role of LHEESs in enabling local authorities to plan for energy demand reduction and heat decarbonisation of buildings across their area, in a phased approach to planning area-based delivery programmes to help achieve the national objectives of SEEP.
• Section B consults on a regulatory framework for district heating, including: area-based zoning for district heating through LHEESs; granting of concessions for district heating networks; licensing of district heating networks; connecting supply; surplus industrial heat, and consumer protection.
We would like to hear your views and give you an opportunity to inform our proposals. This paper covers a range of complex issues and we appreciate there is a lot to consider. We will take the views and evidence provided in response to this scoping consultation and use them to inform the decisions that we take on the detail of how to deliver our policy objectives – and further detailed consultations will then follow on different aspects of our approach.