A public consultation on the establishment of a state-owned, not-for-profit energy company will get under way late next year, MSPs have heard. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse gave the commitment as he published the Scottish Government’s 2050 vision for energy. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced at the SNP conference in October that the idea would be taken forward by 2021 and promised more detail on the strategy. Mr Wheelhouse told the Holyrood chamber it was “important to seek views and expertise as we further develop this proposal”. He added: “Early feedback on the strategy consultation has been constructive and we’re grateful for this input. We today commit to a formal process of public consultation in the later part of 2018.”
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Half of all energy consumed in Scotland will come from renewable sources by 2030, under ambitious plans set out in a new energy strategy put before Holyrood yesterday. The amount of renewable energy consumed via electricity, heating and transport was 17.8 per cent of the total in 2015, the most recent figures available. The pledge to almost treble the amount used was one of two central tenets in the strategy alongside improving the productivity of energy consumption by 30 per cent by 2030. That will include finding ways to make homes and buildings as well as industrial processes and manufacturing sites more efficient. The strategy provides a framework to look at Scotland’s changing energy needs through to 2050. There were undertakings to try to keep bills as low as possible, to offer £60 million of funding for the development of low-carbon technology and a commitment to maintain a resilient energy supply. Promises were made to find ways to support the renewables industry and offer continuing help to the oil and gas sector. There will also be backing to help bring forward more innovative energy systems such as small-scale hydro, wind and solar developments as well as district heating networks. The 90-page document reiterated the support for a ban on fracking in Scotland and the phasing out of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2032. There was also confirmation of further consultation on the formation of a publicly owned not-for-profit energy supply company next year.
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Scotland promises 50 per cent clean energy by 2030 under first ever Energy Strategy. Crucially meanwhile, it also promised to publish an Annual Energy Statement, setting out the country’s latest energy statistics, its progress against targets and key priorities, and an up-to-date assessment of how technological advances will impact the planned changes to the energy system.
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The Scottish Government has announced £80m in funding for low carbon projects as part of efforts for 50 per cent of Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources by 2030. The energy strategy, published today, includes a £20m Energy Investment Fund and a £60m Low Carbon Innovation Fund to boost renewable and low carbon infrastructure. As well as aiming for half of Scotland’s energy consumption to come from renewables, the strategy targets a 30 per cent increase in the productivity of energy use across the Scottish economy by 2030.
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A national drive to expand the network of windfarms across Scotland with a new generation of “bigger, more efficient” turbines has been unveiled by ministers as part of a shift towards green energy. The “onshore wind” push will be play a growing role in Scotland’s power needs, energy minister Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs yesterday. He unveiled a new target to generate half of Scotland’s power from renewables by 2050 to mark the Scottish Government’s new energy strategy. But the announcement met with concerns over the impact of industrial-scale windfarm developments on wild landscapes of Scotland. Mr Wheelhouse told MSPs: “We expect onshore wind to play a growing and invaluable role in our transition to a low carbon future. The support and investment frameworks for onshore wind have fundamentally changed jus t as the technology is also changing with moves towards larger, more efficient turbines which have made onshore wind highly cost effective.” Ministers will support a “route to market” for new developments, he said. “Our planning system already makes positive and tactful provision for onshore wind, protecting our landscapes and ensuring that developments only go ahead in the right places.”
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