Priority 1: Directly supporting the demonstration and
growth of new innovative projects
Action 1: continue to support low carbon
investors through a variety of existing Scottish Government
grant and loan support schemes - including
carefully assessing projects in order to maximise the wider
system benefits of low carton investment
Key points in relation to Action 1 included:
- The need for the Scottish Government to work with
industry to maximise the benefits of available
- A process that will enable a full appraisal of energy
projects, including the wider social, economic and
environmental costs and their benefits.
- Analysis of potential costs and cost effectiveness of
- The need for a national mechanism for financial
support to offer access to projects.
Action 2: under
continue to support community and local renewable energy
Key points raised about Action 2 included:
- Where possible,
should be used to leverage additional funding from
industry and wider public funding sources.
- This should include projects using hydrogen and / or
fuel cells and include low carbon transport.
- A need for more support under
to achieve the ambitions set out in the Strategy.
- A need to consider the effectiveness of
and / or why there has been limited take up of this.
Priority 2: Develop future energy systems in partnership
between communities, the private and public sectors
Action 3: explore the potential to create
a Government-owned energy company (
help the growth of local and community energy projects
Key points raised on Action 3 included:
will help to deliver long term and co-ordinated
solutions, acting as a central body with oversight of
local energy projects.
- There is a role for local authorities to play in the
development and running of publicly-owned energy
companies (a number of respondents provided examples of
these, often citing Aberdeen Herat and Power Company as a
successful model involving the local authority).
could be based on the Danish Energy Agency model.
can help bring together different groups of stakeholders
and provide advice and support.
- A small number of respondents disagreed with the
creation of a
citing that it is not clear there is a market failure
that needs a
that it will offer limited intervention with little
Action 4: explore the development of a
regulatory framework for Local Heat and Energy Efficiency
Strategies that will support area-based energy efficiency
programmes, in conjunction with
and local authorities
Key points raised in relation to Action 4 included:
- The need for a balance between a consistent framework
and meeting the requirements of local communities.
- A need for a consistent technical framework for
that includes the use of hydrogen and fuel cell
- Would welcome an action plan for a spatial
- The need for a national roadmap and detailed delivery
- The need for local authorities to be provided with
the necessary skills, support and resources needed to