Scotland's Energy Strategy could "green" heat, transport
The Scottish flag. Author: Alasdair Mckenzie.
Renewables accounted for 54% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2016 and their use will continue to grow with the government’s first Energy Strategy setting a 50% target for renewables in energy consumption by 2030.
The new target includes heat and transport, in addition to electricity where much progress has already been made.
The Energy Strategy is focused on the development of local energy, climate change action, consumer protection and efforts to reduce fuel poverty. To support its goals, Scotland is launching a GBP-20-million (USD 26.8m/EUR 22.5m) Energy Investment Fund, which will build on the success of the Renewable Energy Investment Fund, and a GBP-60-million Low Carbon Innovation Fund.
“This strategy recognises and builds on our achievements to date and on Scotland’s capacity for innovation. It places consumers, and their interests, more firmly than ever at the heart of everything that we do,” said Paul Wheelhouse, Business, Energy and Innovation Minister, on Wednesday. Details on the strategy are available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/5661/0.
New figures on Thursday, meanwhile, showed that 2017 could be a record year for renewable power generation in Scotland. The output in the first nine months of this year was up by 10% on the same period of 2015, and by 19% on the first three quarter of 2016.