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Geothermal Energy Expert Group

An expert group was convened to:

  • consider whether geothermal genuinely offers a realistic opportunity for Scotland, to develop a new industry sector, and to identify barriers to projects being developed and to the widespread uptake of geothermal energy.
  • produce a viable proposal, such as a call for demonstration projects, within which geothermal heat or heat and power can be encouraged and developed in a Scottish context, and its implementation accelerated with a view to reducing Scotland's carbon footprint while providing additional security of energy supplies.

Membership consisted of representatives from a range of stakeholders from the public and commercial sectors.

Third and final meeting – 27 July 2015

The third and final meeting was held on 27 July 2015.  The agenda, discussion paper, presentation given in respect of the Lessons Learned from the World Geothermal Congress 2015 and meeting note, are available here.

Update to members April 2015

Activity since December 2014

The update below was issued to members on 1 April 2015, outlining activity since the Expert Group’s last meeting, including the establishment of the Geothermal Energy Regulatory Structure Sub-group and investigation of the availability of data relating to average groundwater temperature at 100m.

Update to members April 2015

Downloadable documents:

Title:Geothermal Energy Expert Group
Description:Geothermal Energy Expert Group
File:GEOTHERMAL ENERGY EXPERT GROUP - update April 2015 [PDF, 93.3 kb: 16 Apr 2015]
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File: Paper on subsurface absorption of anthropogenic warming [PDF, 3780.6 kb: 16 Apr 2015]
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Second meeting - 9 December 2014

The second meeting was held on 9 December 2014; the agenda, papers and meeting note are attached below..

First meeting - 3 November 2014

The first meeting was held on 3 November 2014. The agenda and discussion paper are given below as are the Group’s Terms of Reference, which were agreed at the meeting: