Attendees and apologies
- Neil Gray MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy
- Gillian Martin MSP, Minister for Energy and Environment
- Claire Mack, SR Chair, Scottish Renewables
- Ragne Low, SG Deputy Chair, Scottish Government
Morag Watson, Sector Deal Lead, Scottish Renewables
Mark Richardson, Sector Deal Deputy, Scottish Renewables
Neil Douglas, Scottish Renewables Sector Deal Support, BVG Associates
Graham Gow, Scottish Renewables Sector Deal Support, BVG Associates
Leo Bertels, Scottish Renewables Sector Deal Support, BVG Associates
Simon Gill, Legislative and Regulatory Barriers Lead, The Energy Landscape
Chris Morris, Community Energy Lead, Local Energy Scotland
Barry Carruthers, G12 Representative, Scottish Power Renewables
Marcus Trinick KC, Planning Considerations Lead
Sam Johnson, Techincal Barriers Lead, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
Robbie Kernahan, Land Use and Environmental Considerations Lead, NatureScot
Paul Wheelhouse, Supply Chain, Skills and Circular Economy Lead, South of Scotland Enterprise
Items and actions
Welcome and introductions
The Scottish Renewables (SR) Chair thanked Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy and Minister for Energy for their attendance and continued support of the onshore wind Strategic Leadership Group (SLG). SR Chair then gave an overview of the draft Sector Deal and the purpose of the SLG, in terms of capitalising upon the benefits of onshore wind for just transition and economic growth in Scotland.
Sector deal themes overview
BVGa then summarised work on the draft Sector Deal to date and emphasised the importance of achieving agreement across the themes.
It was discussed that the drafting of the Sector Deal is not a closed door process, and that all industry players (beyond the G12/S5) are welcome to join, feedback and input to the process and ultimately sign up to the final agreed Sector Deal.
Planning considerations overview
Key developments related to planning considerations include the importance of achieving timely development determinations in order to meet Scottish Government’s ambition for 20GW of installed onshore wind capacity by 2030. Minister for Energy noted that the Scottish Government is taking forward work looking at options to increase the capacity of planning authorities.
Community Energy considerations overview
There are good examples of community benefit, engagement and shared ownership and many developers have pride in supporting community energy. The Cabinet Secretary highlighted the importance of communities being aware of these opportunities and stressed the need for communities to feel involved and listened to.
Sector Deal latest draft high level overview
BVGa gave a brief overview of the other themes and highlighted the complexity of the legislative and regulatory barriers theme due to the makeup of relevant reserved and devolved powers.
AOB and confirm any actions, decisions and key messages
SR Chair reviewed the actions from the meeting:
- SG deputy Chair, SR Chair and SLG members to organise separate meetings on technical and planning themes.
- SR to set up meeting with Scottish Government and relevant stakeholders to discuss how planning resourcing could be progressed.
- Scottish Government to continue to facilitate engagement with relevant internal policy areas.
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