Intrduction to Scotland
Scotland’s Energy Strategy was launched in December 2017 and set out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland. It sets out six energy priorities for a whole-system approach that considers both the use and the supply of energy for heat, power and transport.
The Energy Strategy will strengthen the development of local energy, protect and empower consumers, and support Scotland’s climate change ambitions while tackling poor energy provision. Built the following the following six priorities,, this strategy will guide the decisions that the Scottish Government, working with partner organisations, needs to make over the coming decades:
- Promote consumer engagement and protect consumers from excessive costs
- Improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes, buildings, industrial processes and manufacturing
- Ensure homes and businesses can continue to depend on secure, resilient and flexible energy supplies
- Empower communities by supporting innovative local energy systems and networks
- Champion Scotland’s renewable energy potential, creating new jobs and supply chain opportunities and
- Continue to support investment and innovation across our oil and gas sector, including exploration, innovation, subsea engineering, decommissioning and carbon capture and storage.
RECENT plays a small but important part in linking to the above strategy, and by working with key stakeholders across Scotland, we are able to assist communities find the appropriate support to help them achieve their collective objectives.
Community Renewable Energy is a cornerstone of the Scottish Government Policy on a range of levels. For a low carbon future, renewable energy is vital. Unlike traditional energy, renewable energy generation gets a wide range of people involved – for the benefit of themselves and their communities.
Local Energy helps to grow local economies, re-generates communities, helps to deliver financial benefits to the community and its stakeholders’ and creates jobs in doing so. Other significant benefits are in helping to reduce fuel poverty, specifically in remote, rural parts of Scotland where this is a big challenge and to increase community empowerment.
So, if you are an individual, community group, local, regional or national stakeholder then Scotland has plenty of resources available to help you to research and understand what option(s) may be best to consider in order to take your idea forward.
For many communities across Scotland, there are land assets within the community which have the potential to be utilised in a more effective way for the benefit of those who live there. Stakeholders work closely with community groups across Scotland to provide knowledge, information and expertise to help this process and this is delivered in a range of ways, either through the implementation of new legislation such as Land Reform and Hydro Nation to effective collaboration through Scottish Water, Local Energy Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and projects such as RECENT.
If you are a community group based in Scotland and are interested in finding out more about making the most of local assets within your community please contact Ewan Ramsay (RECENT) on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be more than happy to introduce you to the most appropriate person or organisation.
The funding landscape in Scotland is challenging at present for community groups looking to develop community renewable energy products, through a reduction in feed in tariffs which make a number of previously funded projects, unattractive for investors and lenders going forward. However, this being said, there are still a range of different funding options which may be worth considering.
The RECENT project aims to increase the energy knowledge in rural communities, and help them to have more resilient and energy efficient infrastructure capable of handling climate change related risks. It was acknowledged by the Scottish Stakeholders’ that there has been excellent work delivered in the past few years by a range of stakeholders in community renewable energy
Policy - Influencers
At the inception of the RECENT project, it was decided to create a Scottish Stakeholder Steering Group to help focus the policy influencing activity of the project. IRRI, as Project Lead Partner invited representatives from Scottish Government (Hydro Nation), Scottish Water, Local Energy Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to join the Steering Group, under their Chairmanship.
Policy - Influencers
Should you wish to contact the RECENT Project, please do so as follows: - Ewan Ramsay International Resources and Recycling Institute Units 1 – 3 Castlebrae Business Centre Peffer Place, Edinburgh, EH16 4BB Scotland email@example.com + 44 131 290 2750
Mentoring has played an important role in the development of community renewable energy in Scotland for decades. Learning by working with others has always been a vital part of community development. We are very fortunate in Scotland to have a number of individuals, organisations and stakeholders who bring a wealth of experience and a willingness to contribute to the subject matter in hand. The RECENT Mentoring Programme opens up opportunities for anyone to increase their knowledge and experience, share best practice with others and provide support to community groups who are seeking similar like-minded support from others. Should you wish to access this programme please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org