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Community and Landowner Renewable Energy Loan Fund Report

  • In response to growing realisation of the potential of community and landowner renewable energy projects to generate revenue, and deliver a range of economic and social benefits, the Scottish Government commissioned SAC Consulting, part of the Scottish Agricultural College, and Community Energy Scotland (CES) to undertake an initial business case for a community and landowner Loan Fund.
  • The purpose of the fund would be to generate significant social and economic benefits to local communities in parallel with increasing renewable energy generation, and as such, a prerequisite of any loan fund would be that applicants must ensure there are wider community benefits from the scheme, beyond the community benefits payments which are now considered standard.

Community Renewable Energy Toolkit

  • Community-led renewable energy projects can help finance local regeneration as well as tackle climate change. The Community Renewable Energy Toolkit aims to encourage and help communities considering how they can lead their own renewable energy projects. It contains information, advice, details of possible funding sources and where to go next to get help.

Western Isles Economic and Community Benefit Study

  • New renewable energy development can be a key economic driver across the Western Isles, according to a new study. This report was published on 30 January 2009. A summary of the key actions it identifies is also available.

Archived Publications

  • A report, produced for the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS), finds that there is huge untapped potential - and a sustainable and profitable future - in smaller and micro hydro schemes. It suggests that there are still 657 Megawatts of financially viable hydro electricity schemes to exploit in Scotland.
  • The Scottish Government, in conjunction with government advisors the Sustainable Development Commission, has launched On Stream - a popular guide to tidal stream energy generation, designed to enthuse and inform debate in the dozens of Scottish coastal communities with real tidal power opportunities. Last year the Sustainable Development Commission undertook a comprehensive study of Tidal Power in the UK. The study found that tidal stream technology could provide 5% of the UK's electricity - 58% of this potential is around the Pentland Firth in Scotland. The study also found that for this resource to be harnessed the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney must be used to its full potential.
  • The Marine Energy Policy Statement confirms the Scottish Government's support for wave and tidal energy in Scotland. The statement, influenced by the outcomes of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for marine energy, outlines how the Scottish Government will engage in assessing the environmental impact of wave and tidal devices and move the sector towards commercial deployment. Key to this is the establishment of a Marine Energy Policy Group which the statement describes in more detail.
  • Legislation enabling the Marine Supply Obligation as part of the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) came into force in April 2007. We have since been discussing with stakeholders the means by which the MSO level should be set on an annual basis. This document sets out our conclusions and establishes the process and timetable under which wave or tidal capacity should be submitted for consideration as part of the MSO, and the way in which the MSO level with then be calculated. This will be an annual process, beginning this year, with consultations on the proposed levels taking place each autumn preceding the next Obligation period.

    Addendum - as at 31st July 2007, there have been no applications made for consent to build any wave or tidal power capacity which would be eligible under the Marine Supply Obligation (MSO). Should this situation remain unchanged, then the forthcoming consultation on the MSO will propose resetting the level for 2008-9 to zero.
  • The Biomass Action Plan for Scotland, published 19 March 2007, sets out a coordinated programme for the development of the biomasss sector in Scotland. It summarises existing activities and provides a framework within which they will be coordinated and supplemented by further actions.
  • Matching Renewable Electricity Generation With Demand
    In 2003, the Government announced its target that, by 2020, 40% of electricity generated in Scotland should come from renewable sources. This is built on the tremendous renewable resource which Scotland possesses, and upon the role that renewable energy might play in helping both Scotland's economy and environment.

    However, because renewable energy is often variable in terms of its output, we wanted to assess the extent to which renewables could meet 40% of electricity demand in Scotland by 2020. As a result, we commissioned the University of Edinburgh to conduct just such a study on our behalf.
  • Enterprise and Culture Committee Enquiry into Renewable Energy
    On the 30th June 2004, the Enterprise and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament published the findings of its inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland. The Scottish Government's response to the Committee's Report, made on 25th August 2004, can be viewed here.
  • Scottish National Minewater Potential Study
    It has been suggested that water which is pumped from mine working may be used to obtain geothermal energy. This report was published by PB Power in May 2004 and published again following a Freedom of Information request from a consultant. The main body of the report is available. The full report, including annexes, may also be obtained, however it is of considerable size and may take some time to download.
  • UK Energy White Paper
    Published on 24th February 2003, the document sets out the UK framework for renewable energy policy towards 2050.
  • Scotland's Renewable Resource 2001:
    Executive Summary, Volume 1, Volume 2
    Scotland's Renewable Resource 2001 (Garrad Hassan and Partners Ltd) revealed a staggering 60 gigawatt renewable resource in Scotland.
  • Public Attitudes to Wind Farms 2003 (Final survey results)
    Public Attitudes to Wind Farms 2003 (Final research findings)
    Survey carried out by MORI for the Scottish Government.
  • Western Isles Renewable Energy Study - Part 1 (Resource Investigations) and Part 2 (Development Considerations)
    Report produced for the Scottish Government, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Department of Trade and Industry by Garrad Hassan and Partners Ltd in 2002.