Jan 25 (Renewables Now) - The Scottish government on Tuesday released its draft energy strategy for the period to 2050, which includes a proposed target for renewables to provide the equivalent of 50% of Scotland's heat, transport and electricity needs by 2030.
The strategy also sets an ambition to make Scotland the first area in the UK to host "subsidy-free" onshore wind. The government said it will work with the industry to meet the challenge of delivering onshore wind without subsidy, including the scope for public sector and corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs). It will, at the same time, continue to make the case for remote island wind being a distinct technology.
Innovation in offshore wind, including floating wind, is also seen as important. The draft document is seeking views on a range of other issues such as the delivery of smart local energy systems and the role of hydrogen.
In the statement announcing the strategy, the government also said that next month it will announce details of up to GBP 50 million (USD 62.4m/EUR 58.2m) in funding for 13 projects that will demonstrate low-carbon or renewable electricity, heating or storage solutions at sites across Scotland.
Industry body Scottish Renewables welcomed the news. "Together the strategy, funding and target - if implemented - will give us a whole energy system fit for the 21st century, sustaining many thousands of jobs and securing our energy supplies for the future," said Jenny Hogan, director of policy.
There will be a consultation on the draft strategy until May 30. Together with the draft Climate Change Plan, published last week, it makes up the strategic framework for Scotland's low-carbon transition.
The strategy is being unveiled a day after the UK government released a green paper on building a modern industrial strategy.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.249/EUR 1.165)