Scottish Renewables publishes report setting sector priorities for new government

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables formally launched ‘Scotland Unlimited: Realising the Ambition’ during his speech at All Energy’s opening plenary session (Wednesday 18 May). In his speech he outlined the necessary actions Scottish Renewables believe have to be taken if we are to meet the proposed target of 100 per cent electricity demand from renewables. The report highlights fundamental and complex challenges to overcome to create the right climate for investment in terms of grid, markets and marine planning.

They see the next five years to be crucial in determining progress to 2020 and beyond, so Scottish Renewables has called on the Scottish Government to:

  • Use its powers over the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) bandings in Scotland to maintain investor confidence in the industry.
  • Put in place a mechanism which will support marine energy projects to move closer towards commercially justifiable investments.
  • Prioritise new pumped storage facilities through the National Planning Framework process.
  • Continue to press for significant investment in new grid connections and a charging framework which encourages investor confidence.

Scottish Renewables also repeats its calls for the release of the Scottish Fossil Fuel Levy fund to help increase the public sector support for renewables.

Read the full report here

Woodfuel Task Force 2 – Update Report to Scottish Ministers, March 2011

In July 2011, Scottish Ministers reconvened the Wood Fuel Task Force, made up of key stakeholders from across Government and the forest, land use and energy industries, to review progress since the first Wood Fuel Task Force reported in 2008. The Task Force was asked to assess progress against the first report, consider further issues of supply and demand and look again at estimates of wood fibre volumes in Scotland.

The updated report shows around 432,000 odt of wood is potentially available from all sources of wood fibre. This could double over the next 10 years if forecast timber volumes are brought to market. This is significantly less than the previous estimate mainly due to improved estimates of wood waste availability and increased demand for wood fibre.

The volumes identified could make a substantial contribution to the Scottish Government’s renewable heat target but clearly show that we need to make best use of this important resource.

Full report available via this link
Or read the summary assessment on the Forestry Commission website