Improve accuracy of data used in calculating the heat target and progress towards meeting it
- In March 2011 the Energy Saving Trust published an update on progress towards the renewable heat target. We will be working with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and industry to improve the quality and consistency of heat statistics.
Continue to engage with DECC on the RHI to ensure net benefit to Scotland
- Dialogue with DECC continues at Ministerial and Government Official level - including making representations on the potential impact on Scotland's renewable heat sector following the reduction in the tariff for large biomass under the RHI and the further delay in implementing the scheme
Promote efficient use of biomass through CHP or heat only and encourage secure, local supply of biomass
- We are currently consulting on proposals to remove support for biomass electricity only plant under the Renewables Obligation Scotland (ROS) and are s eeking views on whether a maximum threshold for biomassCHPplants is required
- Potential impacts on wood panel sector highlighted though correspondence with DECC on RHI and Renewables Obligation banding review and stakeholder meeting with Ministers and the industry held on 31 October 2011
Undertake a heat partnership project with DECC and Ofgem in order to create a template for good practice in renewable heat deployment across the UK
- We have initiated discussions with DECC, Ofgem, and SEPA and are commissioning the University of Edinburgh who lead the Heat in the City project to pull together a Working Group of stakeholders to take the project forward . The Group will consider a range of work areas including best practice, financial models, regulatory frameworks, trust and social capital.
Roll out methodology used in heat mapping pilot to other local authorities
- Providing funding to Fife and Perth and Kinross councils to take forward heat mapping in their local authority areas using the methodology from the pilot undertaken in The Highland Council area
- Engaging with Independent Assessors across Scotland to facilitate access to data necessary to create an accurate heat map
Set up Expert Commission on the Delivery of District Heating
- Expert Commission established which will be made up of representatives from Energy Saving Trust, Carbon Trust, SEPA, Academics, local authorities, installers, suppliers and operators. First meeting will take place in January 2012
- Expert Commission will work with the Renewables Task Group: Heat on supporting best practice to increase market confidence and promote the financial rewards and wider benefits of district heating schemes
Build on results of the study into the recovery of heat from power generation in Scotland in order to promote heat from large scale power stations
- Remit of the Expert Commission on District heating will include consideration of how best to take forward recommendations outlined in the report.
Provide support for renewable heat projects through CARES and district heating loan funds
- Loans awarded under district heating loan scheme totalling over £1.9 million. Further funding has been allocated as part of the spending review to allow the scheme to continue.
- The successful projects from this round will heat around 280 homes as well businesses, schools, swimming pools and community centres, while saving around 68,000 tonnes of CO2 over 25 years. The first round of funding will also enable project network expansion at a future date to more than double this number of households to over 600 households. With the additional funding we have secured, we can expect to double these figures again in the next three years bringing financial benefits to even more occupiers of homes and businesses, reducing costs leading to reduced fuel poverty and offer some protection from rising energy bills.
Engage with key stakeholders to promote renewable heat and the forthcoming renewable heat incentive and renewable heat premium payment scheme
- Engaging with industry representatives who form part of the newly formed Renewables Task Group: Heat (a sub-group of the Renewables Industry Advisory Group) in developing key areas to address to promote renewable heat and overcome barriers. The group's first meeting took place on 28 September 2011.
- The Carbon Trust is targeting site-specific support at Scottish companies looking to benefit from the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive.
Work to increase householder awareness of, confidence in, and uptake of small scale heat generating technologies
- Publication of the results of the Scottish Government (part) funded field trial of solar water heating systems
- Launch of the Green Homes Network
- RHPP vouchers offered for renewable heat technologies in Scotland totalling nearly £300,000
- Loans awarded for renewable heat technologies under loan schemes totalling £1.1 million (for 2010/11) [Note: for 2011/12 (figures to 20 Oct 11) loans awarded for renewable heat technologies totalling just under £300,000]
- Over 13,500 householders advised on renewable technologies, 2,389 of whom received in home face-to-face renewables advice (including on renewable heat). Evaluation in 2010 indicated that 74% of all households have implemented at least one recommendation and 39% have implemented at least one renewable energy recommendation within the first year of the visit.
Develop and introduce a National Strategy for biomass procurement
- Currently the wood fuel supply chain in Scotland is immature and primarily consists of SMEs. A successful national framework will be dependant on ensuring that suppliers are working together through integrated supply chains which can meet the requirements of the public sector and guarantee security of supply. Consultation on the procurement strategy is now underway both with the public sector and suppliers, including workshops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. Throughout the development of the strategy the views of suppliers have been sought and incorporated.
Undertake a research programme into the potential for deep geothermal heat in Scotland - including the scope for licensing
- Tender process is currently underway to initiate research
Work to influence UK Government Strategy on bioenergy to make the case for small scale heat
- The Scottish Government is feeding directly into the UK Government's Bioenergy Strategy and the Forestry Commission Scotland led Woodfuel taskforce 2 Report has been submitted as evidence of concerns over domestic supply.
- Scottish Government and the timber sector's concerns over UK incentivisation of large scale biomass electricity have also been aired at a bioenergy summit in Glasgow.