An opportunity to review the Draft Scottish Energy Strategy: A Consultation
Scottish community, public sector and not-for profit organisations are warmly invited to come hear about the ideas emerging which will shape the energy scene in Scotland for the next decade or two - and formulate feedback on the proposals.
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13.00 Registration and light lunch
13.30 Welcome and introductions
13.40 Background to the Draft Energy Strategy
13.50 Table briefings on Climate Change Plan, Energy Strategy, SEEP, Local Heat and Energy Efficiency, District Heating Regulation, Onshore Wind and Unconventional Gas.
15.00 Refreshments break
15.15 Compiling key comments on the consultations
16.00 Feedback from each table
The event will be held in the ECCI Pod - providing the opportunity for each table group to research online with dedicated internet access / screen for each separate document under review. Spaces are limited and participants are invited to bring a laptop for research and to indicate their first preference for document to review.
Draft Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland
The draft Energy Strategy draws together existing Scottish energy policies and new ambitions within a single overarching Strategy, and sets a long-term vision for the energy system in Scotland. It lays the foundation for a cohesive, comprehensive and “whole-systems” approach to realising Scotland‘s energy ambitions into the future.
The draft Strategy describes Scotland’s current energy system and its policy context, and highlights drivers of change and the changing nature of energy systems worldwide. It explores the need for a stable and managed energy transition, for adaptation to the effects of climate change and for ensuring resilience and security of supply into the future.
Many of the policies and proposals set out in the draft Strategy are reflected in the draft Climate Change Plan, particularly in relation to the Electricity Supply sector and others which focus on sector decarbonisation and improving energy efficiency at point of use.
Policies and ambitions are set out in three main sections in the draft Strategy, each discussing an important component of Scotland‘s evolving energy sector:
Meeting our energy supply needs: presents the Scottish Government’s vision on the role and contribution of both new and existing energy technologies in Scotland’s future energy mix. A range of technologies are featured including the use of traditional fuel sources such as oil, gas and coal; renewable and low carbon electricity and heat generation; new or lower carbon energy sources including bioenergy and hydrogen; and energy storage and increased system efficiency and flexibility.
Transforming Scotland’s Energy Use: presents the key ambitions of reducing energy demand and improving the efficiency of resources through support for greater flexibility for consumers and producers, and the introduction of viable, lower carbon alternatives in sectors such as transport. Energy supply and consumption are considered as equal priorities and an integrated approach for managing power, transport and heat is proposed.
Smart local energy systems: builds upon the overarching theme of reducing overall energy demand and supports the decentralisation of energy networks. It supports and encourages local energy economies and community ownership of energy assets and considers how energy supply can be better and more flexibly managed and monitored.
Background – the current energy strategy framework
The current framework for energy policy in Scotland includes ambitious renewable energy generation targets, existing plans to improve energy efficiency across a wide spectrum of sectors and users, and ambitious targets for GHG emissions reduction – Energy in Scotland (2016).
This framework reflects the Scottish Government‘s recognition of the important role of energy in contributing to sustainable growth, tackling inequality and the sector’s important role in delivering on climate change ambitions.
The Low Carbon Economic Strategy for Scotland (2010) set out Scotland’s vision for transitioning to a low carbon economy, and provided a key link between Scotland’s GHG emissions reduction ambitions and the opportunities in the energy sector for contributing to these.
Scotland’s Heat Policy Statement (2015) detailed policy ambitions for how heat is used (heat demand and its reduction), how it is distributed and stored (heat networks and heat storage) and where it comes from (heat generation). It also set out a clear framework for investment in heat supply and delivery networks in the future.
The Electricity Generation Policy Statement (2013) examined the way in which Scotland generates electricity, and set the pathway for the Scottish Government to deliver the equivalent of at least 100% of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2020. It also explored the changes needed to ensure that these targets are met.
These are supported by a wide range of other relevant plans, programmes and strategies including the Energy efficiency Action Plan (2013) which targeted a reduction in overall energy demand through increasing efficiency; the 2020 Route map for Renewable Energy in Scotland (2011) and the Draft Sectoral Marine Plans for Offshore Renewable Energy in Scottish Waters(2013) – which took forward the Scottish Government’s ambitions for increasing renewable energy generation; and the Community Energy Policy Statement (2015) which outlined a commitment to deliver local benefits from renewable energy development.
Local Authorities have already begun to lead the improvement of the energy efficiency in homes, businesses and public buildings with the aim to make Scotland’s buildings near zero carbon by 2050. Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) (2017) will further build upon and integrate existing domestic energy efficiency programmes, bringing together support from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (2016), with the Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland: Area Based Scheme (2016).
The draft Energy Strategy aims to build on these by providing an overarching and consistent way forward to achieve these common ambitions. Comments are invited by 30 May 2017 except for the Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and District Heating Regulations – for which comments due by 18 April.