Consider findings from gap analysis work undertaken by SRF and take appropriate action.
First Quarter 2010
Scottish Government (SG)
· Microgeneration gap analysis complete July 2009. Report under consideration as part of the workstreams of the RHIG
Information and Advice
Undertake a heat mapping pilot with Highland Council, in conjunction with CoSLA, and promote the findings to all 32 Local Authorities.
Ongoing - provisionally Summer 2010
SG; Highland Council
· Work is currently ongoing to collect a full data set to incorporate into the model.
· When completed it is intended that the process can be used as an example to other local authorities.
Publish guidance for developers considering new build thermal power stations.
· In March we published our guidance for new thermal power stations in Scotland. We also introduced our Biomass Scoping Opinion template.
Work with the Carbon Trust, through the Biomass Accelerator Programme, to target Scottish companies that are high heat users, with a view to getting them to switch to renewable heat.
end March 2012
· Contacted 100 companies by End July 09.
· Complete 20 energy audits by end December 2009.
· Carbon Trust are supporting a number of successful applicants from the Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme.
Provide support and advice through the Regional Advice Network (RBAN), key tasks: co-ordinate support/advice from other key agencies; undertake marketing programme.
End December 2011
· Network of 5 Biomass Development Officers in place
· GB-wide development study for Woodfuel Suppliers completed
· Resource assessment of arboricultural arisings nearing completion.
· Biomass Exchange study completed
· Series of RBAN Biomass for Business events have taken place with more scheduled (see www.usewoodfuel.co.uk/Current%20Events.stm)
· Series of woodfuel training sessions across Scotland in October and November
· Barriers to Uptake of Biomass by LAs study presented at Sustainable Scotland event in October
FREDS Renewable Heat group to consider specific skills needs for renewable heat and to feed this into the Renewable Energy Skills Group
FREDS Renewable Heat Group/ SG
· Newly formed FREDS Skills Group will focus on specific areas in over the next year - Renewable Heat is planned to be one of the first that they will address.
· The RHIG will ensure that the skills group are fully informed of industry requirements.
Ensure that Scottish interests are taken into account in the design of the RHI.
· Scottish Government has responded to the UK Government RHI consultation to ensure Scottish interests are covered and will continue to seek.
· The new UK coalition government have indicated it will set out detailed proposals on its commitment to renewable heat through the Spending Review.
· UK Government formal announcement it will introduce RHI, await details.
Developing the woody biomass sector.
Woodfuel availability and supply chain.
Maintain progress against the actions identified in the Wood Fuel Task Force, keys tasks are: Improve accuracy of forecasting, and develop long-term contracts and greater transparency in the market.
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS)
· Evaluation report of SBSS carried out by AEA including 3 SBSS case studies.
· Case studies presented at Biomass for Business events
Run the SBHS to assist SME's to adopt biomass heat technology.
End March 2011
· Results of round 3 announced on 20 May 2010. 16 applications (totalling 6.4 MW) were awarded total funding of over £1 million.
· A final call for applications was issued on 2nd June 2010
Continue funding via CARES & SRDP to support renewable heat installations including demonstrator DH
SG & CES
· Both schemes continue to fund renewable heat installations.
Fiscal and Regulatory measures
Continue to support the generation of electricity from renewable sources via the RO, and continue to provide enhanced support for AD and biomass CHP.
· This support continues to be provided under the RO.
· Banding introduced April 2009 with a commitment to end March 2027.
Promote best practice and provide guidance on air quality.
· Consultation underway on Environmental Protection UK - Biomass and Air Quality Guidance for Scottish Local Authorities
Energy from Waste
Support development of AD through Zero Waste Scotland
· Successful applications to round 8 of the Organics Capital Support Programme have now been announced. Projects set to be completed by 1 March 2011
Quantify how much energy from waste (including AD) can contribute to renewable heat generation in Scotland
Published June 2010
· SG asked Sustainable Development Commission to undertake the research.
· The study was published on 18 June 2010
Develop proposals for advancing Scottish innovation in relation to EfW technology
Scot Ent, ETP, Scottish Whisky Research Institute
· Study completed to look at the opportunity for the application of innovative low-carbon energy technology, including EfW, in the Scottish whisky industry. This work will inform future intervention in relation to EfW innovation.
· The results will be discussed with SWRI & ETP shortly.