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  1. Heat Pump Sector Deal Expert Advisory Group: Scottish Government response

    The Expert Advisory Group was formed to make recommendations to Scottish Ministers on the scope of a potential Heat Pump Sector Deal for Scotland. This publication outlines our response to the recommendations made in their final report.

  2. Towards an Industry for Green Heat: heat in buildings supply chains delivery plan

    Sets out how supply chains will need to grow and change to meet future demand driven by future regulations of heating and energy efficiency. In the plan we outline the actions we are taking to support growth across the green heat industry.

  3. Non-domestic buildings - heating systems: research report

    Research we commissioned from Locogen to provide a set of case studies on the installation of zero direct emissions heating systems in both new and existing non-domestic buildings. Provides key insights on the challenges and opportunities in decarbonising these buildings.

  4. Scenario mapping for offshore renewable energy development economic benefits: case studies

    Report to identify, measure and value the delivered and potential economic impact for Scotland from offshore wind and tidal energy projects.

  5. Electricity Act 1989 applications - proposed fee changes: consultation analysis

    Our analysis of the consultation responses received on the proposals to increase the fees paid for applications under the Electricity Act 1989.

  6. Electricity Act 1989 applications - proposed fee changes: final business and regulatory impact assessment

    Our business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) of the likely costs, benefits and risks of the proposed amendments to legislation to increase the fees paid for applications under the Electricity Act 1989.

  7. Electricity Act 1989 applications - proposed fee changes consultation: Scottish Government response

    Our response to the consultation on proposals to increase the fees paid for applications under the Electricity Act 1989. Details of the proposed changes which Ministers intend to implement are provided and follows consideration of the points raised by respondents to our consultation.

  8. Local heat and energy efficiency strategies and delivery plans: guidance

    Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) are at the heart of a place based, locally-led and tailored approach to the heat transition. These local strategies will underpin an area-based approach to heat and energy efficiency planning and delivery.

  9. Coal extraction: consultation analysis

    Independent analysis of the responses to our call for evidence on coal extraction.

  10. Renewables Obligation (Scotland) scheme changes: consultation analysis

    UK Gov made an amendment Mar 21 to its RO Order 2015 increasing level of the mutualisation threshold, reducing likelihood of it being triggered. We asked for views on making the same changes to mutualisation arrangements under the RO(S) legislation to address electricity supplier payment default.

  11. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2022

    Details how we will deliver our priorities over the lifetime of the National Islands Plan. It identifies the methods to monitor progress towards fulfilling the many commitments in the Plan and sets out timescales for delivery of our work.

  12. Rent freeze focus of Programme for Government

    Ministers act to protect people in cost crisis.

  13. Cost Crisis Programme for Government

    Scottish Child Payment increased from 14 November.

  14. Scottish City Region and Growth Deals: carbon management guidance for projects and programmes

    Guidance for project owners on managing carbon emissions associated with Scottish City Region and Growth Deal projects.

  15. Offshore renewable energy: decommissioning guidance for Scottish waters

    Guidance to assist developers / owners of offshore renewable energy installations in Scotland to understand their decommissioning obligations under the Energy Act 2004.

  16. Making the Future - second Just Transition Commission: initial report

    The second Just Transition Commission convened in early 2022 with a remit to provide scrutiny and advice on the Scottish Government’s sectoral and regional just transition plans. This initial report sets out strategic priorities to ensure the decarbonisation of Scotland's economy is delivered fairly

  17. Onshore conventional oil and gas: call for evidence

    An opportunity to contribute views and evidence on the development of onshore conventional oil and gas policy in Scotland in order to ensure that we deliver a robust, fully-evidenced policy position in line with energy needs, statutory requirements, and climate change ambitions.

  18. Coal extraction policy: call for evidence

    An opportunity to contribute views and evidence on the development of coal extraction policy in Scotland. This helps us ensure we deliver a robust, fully-evidenced policy position in line with energy needs, statutory requirements, and climate change ambitions.

  19. Heat in Buildings strategy - quality assurance: policy statement

    Quality assurance is critical to our heat decarbonisation aims. This policy statement focuses on the standards, skills and certifications required for installers on SG schemes, proposed ways to tackle scams and mis-selling and how to improve public engagement.

  20. Electricity Act 1989 - section 36 applications: guidance for applicants on using the design envelope

    Guidance from Marine Scotland and the Energy Consents Unit on using the design envelope approach for applications under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 where flexibility is required in applications.

  21. Climate Change Plan: monitoring reports 2022

    The second annual statutory monitoring report against the updated 2018 Climate Change Plan, as per the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  22. Scottish Government at COP26: What was achieved?

    This report provides an account of the activities delivered through the Scottish Government’s COP26 programme and how that activity supported the Scottish Government’s main climate related policy aims.

  23. Potential heat network zones: first national assessment

    Analysis to identify and characterise potential zones for heat networks in Scotland. It provides further detail on the analysis criteria, assessment methodology, limitations, definitions and the interpretation of the outputs.

  24. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation analysis

    The key findings from a qualitative analysis of consultation responses that were submitted about the draft heat networks delivery plan.

  25. Heat networks delivery plan

    Sets out how provisions of the Heat Networks Scotland Act 2021 and wider policy will contribute to increasing heat networks in Scotland.

  26. Electricity Act 1989 - application fees: consultation

    This consultation document sets out proposals for changes to fees to be charged for applications submitted under sections 36, 36C and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 and invites views on the proposed changes.

  27. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  28. Electricity - necessary wayleaves: guidance for applicants, landowners and occupiers – 2022 update

    Guidance on the procedure adopted by the Scottish Ministers in receiving and determining applications by network operators under the Electricity Act 1989 for necessary wayleaves, to retain or place electric lines on land. The guidance was updated in March 2022.

  29. Electricity Act 1989 - sections 36 and 37: applications guidance

    This good practice guidance sets out the procedure for applications for onshore generating stations and overhead lines under sections 36 and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989, where the development concerned is development requiring environmental impact assessment.

  30. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilot programme: synthesis evaluation

    This report presents findings from a synthesis evaluation of Scotland’s Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilot programme, which involved pilot projects delivered by all 32 Scottish local authorities.

  31. Infrastructure Investment Plan 2021-2022 to 2025-2026: programme pipeline update - September 2021

    This pipeline provides information relating to key major infrastructure programmes with an investment of £20 million or more included at Annex D of our Infrastructure Investment Plan, published in February 2021.

  32. Role of incineration in the waste hierarchy - review: call for evidence

    The call for evidence seeks your views and evidence relating to the review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy.

  33. Scotland's Climate Assembly - recommendations for action: SG response

    Scotland's Climate Assembly published their full report on 23 June 2021. It included 81 recommendations for the Scottish Government, who had six months to respond. This response sets out the existing and proposed actions that government will take in order to address their recommendations.

  34. Heat Pump Sector Deal Expert Advisory Group: final report

    The Expert Advisory Group was formed to make recommendations to Scottish Ministers on the scope of a potential Heat Pump Sector Deal for Scotland. This final report includes the Group's recommendations and conclusions from their work.

  35. Heat in buildings strategy: equality impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full Equality impact assessment (EQIA) which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings strategy.

  36. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation

    This draft heat network delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland. It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks sector in Scotland.

  37. Renewables Obligation (Scotland) scheme changes: consultation

    UK Government made an amendment in March 2021 to its Renewables Obligation Order 2015 increasing the level of the mutualisation threshold, reducing the likelihood of it being triggered. This consultation seeks views on making the same changes to mutualisation arrangements under the RO(S) legislation to address electricity supplier payment default.

  38. Heat in buildings strategy: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) accompanies our Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  39. Heat in buildings strategy: fairer Scotland duty

    Summary document of the Fairer Scotland Duty assessment process which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  40. Heat in buildings strategy: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  41. Heat in buildings strategy: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full child rights and wellbeing impact assessment which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  42. Onshore wind - policy statement refresh 2021: consultative draft

    Seeks views on our ambition to secure an additional 8-12 GW of installed onshore wind capacity by 2030, how to tackle the barriers to deployment, and how to secure maximum economic benefit from these developments.

  43. Renewable heat target and action: 2021 update

    An update on the progress toward meeting the target of 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources by 2020.

  44. Fossil fuel energy sector overseas - trade promotion support: policy

    Information about the Scottish Government policy on trade promotion support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas.

  45. Electricity network constraints and the 2024 New Build Heat Standard: research

    Research looking into the network constraints issues associated with the electrification of heat for domestic new build developments. The focus of the work was on connection costs for these developments, how the cost is defined, and apportioned to the relevant stakeholder.

  46. Heat in Buildings Strategy - achieving net zero emissions in Scotland's buildings

    Sets out our vision for the future of heat in buildings, and the actions we are taking in the buildings sector to deliver our climate change commitments, maximise economic opportunities, and ensure a just transition, including helping address fuel poverty.

  47. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy pilots: phase 3 - evaluation

    Evaluation of the third, and final, phase of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilots, which involved nine local authorities and took place between November 2019 and April 2021.

  48. Decarbonising heating - economic impact: report

    This report considers the potential economic impacts arising from a shift towards low carbon heating technologies in Scotland, over the period to 2030.

  49. Energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks - skills requirements: consultation analysis

    Independent analysis of responses to the consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes. This consultation ran from 5 February 2021 to 30 April 2021.

  50. Just Transition - A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Scottish Government response

    The Scottish Government's initial response to the final report of the Just Transition Commission. It sets out our long-term vision for just transition and provides details on our National Just Transition Planning Framework.

  51. Investing in net-zero technology

    £16.5 million to support energy transformation.

  52. Superfast broadband subsea work to start

    Improving connectivity to 15 of Scotland’s islands through R100 North contract.

  53. New scheme to increase connectivity unveiled

    Wider roll-out of 4G and 5G technology.

  54. New measures to accelerate greener, cheaper heating

    Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill passed.

  55. Energy Consumers Commission: work plan - 2020 to 2021

    This document sets out the Energy Consumers Commission's first work plan covering 2020-2021 ahead of the set up of Consumer Scotland in late 2021. Includes our proposed priorities for advocacy and specific projects to be completed.

  56. Energy Consumers Commission - project plan 2021 to 2022: consultation

    A consultation on the Energy Consumers Commission's project plan covering proposed spending of Scotland's share of the energy advocacy levy for 2021-2022.

  57. Energy networks vision summit

    In Feb 2020, the Scottish Government hosted the Energy Networks Vision Summit aimed to help shape the future of Scotland’s electricity and gas networks, giving stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the issues addressed in the report ‘Scotland's electricity and and gas networks: 'Vision to 2030'.

  58. Investing in islands infrastructure

    £49 million package for new Stornoway Deep Water Terminal. 

  59. Cash boost for joint Scottish-Asian research

    New Fund to focus on economic, social recovery from COVID-19.

  60. Local Energy Policy Statement: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the the consultation on the Scottish Government's local Energy Policy Statement.

  61. Heat Networks Bill

    Helping Scotland move to affordable, low carbon heating.

  62. Offshore wind summit

    Steps to ensure contracts stay in Scotland.

  63. Scotland and Norway “natural partners”

    First Minister addresses Norwegian business leaders

  64. Multimillion pound infrastructure projects completed

    Affordable homes, transport links and schools delivered.

  65. Green investment programme opens

    Support for projects tackling climate emergency.

  66. £30 million for low carbon projects

    Funding to encourage renewable heating.

  67. Renewable energy contracts allocated

    Minister calls for review of the system for Scotland.

  68. £4 million support for decommissioning

    Fourth round of the Decommissioning Challenge Fund launched.

  69. Regulation of electricians in Scotland: research report

    Research conducted by Pye Tait to independently assess the evidence and build a business case to determine if regulation is required.

  70. Energy consents: applications for variation of section 36 consents guidance

    Guidance on the process for varying consents which have been granted for the construction or extension, and operation, of electricity generating stations.

  71. Offshore wind summit commits to way forward

    Proposals to ensure contracts stay in Scotland.  

  72. Public energy company: strategic outline case

    Independent strategic outline case to consider how Scotland's public energy company could be developed suggests that a phased approach would work better.

  73. Good practice principles for renewable energy developments consultation: analysis of responses

    In 2018, we reviewed and consulted on our good practice principles for: community benefits from onshore renewable energy developments, shared ownership of onshore renewable energy developments, and community benefits from offshore renewable energy developments. 

  74. £13.4m to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    Funding to support low carbon projects.

  75. Scotland's electricity and gas networks: vision to 2030

    Based on Scotland's energy strategy, this document looks at the ways in which Scotland's electricity and gas network infrastructure will continue to support the energy transition.

  76. Energy consents: how to support or object to an application

    Guidance on how to support or object to an application to build, operate or modify an electricity generating station and/or associated infrastructure.

  77. Energy consents: application procedure and publicity requirements

    This application pack for developers sets out the procedure for submitting a new application for consent, as well as the publicity requirements and other guidance.

  78. Energy consents: how to apply

    This document outlines the application for consent process.

  79. Scottish energy strategy: Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)

    The 15 to 20 year programme is the cornerstone of Scottish government's approach to energy efficiency, a National Infrastructure Priority.

  80. Energy consents: fees

    Guidance on the fees due from applicants for consent under the Electricity (Applications for Consent) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005.

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