SCDI submitted a response in June 2017 regarding the Scottish Government's Draft Scottish Energy Strategy. 

The key points which SCDI has highlighted in this Energy Submission are as follows:

  • SCDI supports the proposed integrated system-wide approach to long-term energy strategy that considers both the use and the supply of energy for heat, power and transport
  • While understanding the uncertainties and need for a flexible approach to technologies, the final Scottish Energy Strategy could be clearer about the points at which decisions between different technologies will need to be taken and about interim targets against which to monitor progress
  • The Scottish Government has many levers at its disposal which is should utilise, but given the integration of infrastructure, markets and policy, Scotland's vision will only be realised cost effectively if its and the UK's strategies are joined-up, especially at these major decision points
  • With policy outcomes, technologies and markets driving the integration of all means (physical and digital) of connectivity, there is a need to integrate strategies, including energy, transport and digital, and for closer relationships between the leadership groups which have oversight of them
  • Grid-level energy storage technologies and Carbon Capture and Storage will be key in future energy systems and the Scottish Government should to continue to engage with the UK Government and industry on new approaches to develop them and offer viable routes to market
  • The final strategy could be more explicit about the priority of maximising economic recovery of domestic oil and gas to meet long-term demand and associated actions on skills and innovation
  • SCDI agrees that there is value in implementing a new 'all-energy' renewables target for 2030
  • The Planning Bill due later this year should include reforms to support delivery of the strategy - for example, objectives like the commercial development of onshore wind without subsidy and opportunities like the repowering of existing windfarms with modern, more efficient turbines
  • Options for the great challenge of renewable heat should be developed and considered, with a mix of technologies likely to be required – while hydrogen has significant potential, there are many issues which need to be addressed and it should not be regarded as a silver bullet
  • Designation of energy efficiency as National Priority is welcome, but there is a need for further details, including the infrastructure programme and behavioural change; the funding, expertise and guidance local authorities would need; and a greater focus on commercial properties
  • Wider industrial strategy opportunities should be pursued, for example the attraction of power and/ or water intensive industries to areas of abundant resources, and the development of Scotland as a competitive centre of excellence for oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning
  • As STEM skills are essential to deliver the vision of the Scottish Energy Strategy and STEM literacy will enable greater public engagement, the Scottish Government should significantly strengthen its proposed STEM Education and Training Strategy into a comprehensive, measurable strategy

You can read SCDI's full Response via the right hand menu.