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Scotland's Energy Strategy

Scotland’s Energy Strategy

The draft Energy Strategy for Scotland was published for public consultation on 24 January 2017.

The public consultation on the Draft Energy strategy has now closed and in total we received 256 consultation responses.

In combination with the consultations on draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement; Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme; and Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating we have had more than 500 responses.

These responses will be analysed by an independent research company, and the final version of the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy is expected to be published before the end of 2017.

Three themes form the basis of the strategy:

  • A whole-system view – consideration of Scotland’s energy supply and consumption as equal priorities, and building a genuinely integrated approach to power, transport and heat;

  • A stable, managed energy transition – ensuring Scotland has secure and affordable energy supplies as we decarbonise our energy system in line with Scotland’s long term climate change targets; where Scottish government continues to support innovation and expertise from oil and gas, the deployment of renewable energy technologies, and the development of more innovative and low-cost ways of producing, storing and transmitting energy;  and

  • A smarter model of local energy provision – promoting local energy, planned with community involvement and offering community ownership of energy generation.

    The strategy is seeking views the following key issues:


Meeting our Energy Needs:

  • Ambitious new 2030 target of 50% of Scotland’s energy consumption to be met by renewable energy. This is an ambitious but achievable goal - demonstrating the Scottish Government’s commitment to a renewable future and to the continued growth of a successful renewable energy sector in Scotland.

  • Getting the market right for renewables as the costs continue to fall – particularly in onshore and offshore wind; providing certainty and leadership despite changes to UK Government’s support for the sector.

  • Building on the success of our existing energy industries and exploring the role of new forms of energy –Scotland’s oil and gas industry is the engineering and technical bedrock for our wider energy transition.

  • The opportunities to develop new energy sources and technologies in Scotland, like hydrogen and Carbon Capture and Storage.


Transforming Energy Use

  • A renewed focus on energy efficiency– taking a targeted approach to reducing demand and improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes and buildings through Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme. This will make our homes, shops and hospitals warmer and easier to heat, and by reducing energy demand, we can help tackle fuel poverty, help businesses improve their competitiveness and release savings in the public sector.

  • We consult upon the method by which we set a new energy efficiency target for 2030 to deliver the equivalent ambition set by the proposed European Union’s 2030 energy efficiency target of 30%.

  • We want to see an energy market that works for everyone – the role of regulation, Smart Meters and other innovative technologies, and new business models to support enhanced consumer engagement – particularly for the most vulnerable in society.


Smart local energy systems

  • We remain committed to creating vibrant local energy economies, as part of a varied and proportionate response to the transformation of Scotland’s energy system. Since 2013, £35 million has been made available to support community and local energy projects.

  • We will take a strategic, local approach to planning for energy and explore the role of a Government Owned Energy Company and the creation of a Scottish Green Energy Bond to support renewable energy projects.