Policy & Lobbying
Renewables
An excellent wind resource, an abundance of water, powerful coastlines and a wealth of woodland give Scotland an undeniable advantage in becoming the “renewable powerhouse of Europe”.  Many Scottish Land & Estates members already have significant renewable energy interests, while others have developments in the pipeline or are maybe still investigating their potential as renewable energy generators.  

Targets for the renewables sector

The Scottish Government has published the 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland.  This is an update and extension to the Renewables Action Plan 2009.  This Routemap reflects the challenge of the new target to meet an equivalent of 100% demand for electricity from renewable energy by 2020, as well as a target of 11% for renewable heat.  

Policy Positions
  • Scottish Land & Estates encourages members to investigate the potential of installing renewable energy technologies on their land.
  • Scottish Land & Estates believes that it is important that all guidance documents for renewable energy developments are clear to follow and do not place unnecessary burdens on land managers.
  • Grid access is a major concern for many Scottish Land & Estates members due to their often remote rural locations. Scottish Land & Estates is concerned that this lack of access is holding back renewable projects and believes that this situation needs to be urgently addressed.
  • Scottish Land & Estates believes that because renewable energy is still a developing industry it is important that reliable incentives are offered to potential developers.

Current areas of work

  • Feed-In Tariffs (FITs): Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) are payments to small scale renewable electricity generators (up to 5MW). They were introduced by the UK Government on 1st April 2010 to help meet the target of 15% of total energy coming from renewable sources by 2020. FITs are based on the electricity generated by a renewable energy system and there is an additional bonus for any energy which is exported to the grid.
  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI): The RHI scheme provides payments for generating heat from renewable sources.  The scheme is administered by Ofgem from government funds.  The payments last for either 7 or 20 years (Domestic and non-Domestic schemes respectively) and are index-linked for inflation.  Tariffs started in November 2011 for non-residential systems and April 2014 for households.   
  • Hydro Scheme difficulties.  We are working with Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing to address a number of barrier that are making small to medium scale hydro developments particularly problematic to take forward.
  • Community Benefits from Renewables.  We are contributing to Government best practice guidance on community benefits from renewables.

 

    Information Sheets

    • 13/12/2013 - Renewables 12 - Green Homes Cashback Scheme
      Government support to make homes more energy efficient The Scottish Government has a number of programmes in place to help people with home energy, to tackle fuel poverty and to make Scotland greener.  The attached information sheet provides information on the support that is available to householders, private and soci
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    • 09/07/2013 - Renewables 11: Energy Bill
      On Thursday, November 29th 2012, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change confirmed the Introduction of the Energy Bill to the House of Commons alongside the Annual Energy Statement.  This series brings together all of the department’s documentation for the Energy Bill.
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    • 09/07/2013 - Renewables 10: Green Investment Bank
      The UK has set up the world’s first investment bank solely dedicated to greening the economy. The initiative is part of the Government’s commitment to setting the UK firmly on course towards a green and growing economy, while also delivering long-term sustainable growth. This transition to a green economy presents signifi
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    • 09/07/2013 - Renewables 09: The Energy Act 2012 - The Green Deal
      The Energy Act 2011 provided for the Green Deal, which the UK Government says is its “flagship piece of legislation, which will deliver energy efficiency to homes and buildings across the land”.  The Green Deal was launched January 2013. The Green Deal enables energy customers in Scotland, England and Wales to receiv
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    • 09/07/2013 - Renewables 06: Renewables and the Scottish Planning System
      Planning consent procedures The procedures for obtaining planning permission for on-shore renewables projects in Scotland depend on the size and scale of the project:
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    • 09/07/2013 - Renewable 04 : Renewable Heat Incentive
      What is the renewable heat incentive? On the 10th March 2011 the UK Government announced the details of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. This is the first financial support scheme for renewable heat of its kind in the world and it is hoped that it will revolutionise the way heat is generated and used in buildin
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    • 09/07/2013 - Renewables 02: Naturesave Trust: Community Renewable Energy Grant
      The Naturesave Trust is offering grants to help communities develop renewable energy projects. Its Community Renewable Energy Grants provide start up ‘seed corn’ funding for community renewable projects, and can be used for whatever type of renewable power generation your community are considering.
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    • 09/07/2013 - Renewables 01: Feed-In Tariffs
      Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) are payments to small scale renewable electricity generators (up to 5MW). They were introduced by the UK Government on 1 April 2010 to help meet the target of 15% of total energy coming from renewable sources by 2020. It is important to note that FITs are for renewable electricity generation only and do
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    • 15/07/2011 - Renewables 03: Feed-in Tariffs / Renewable Heat Incentive Payments and Grants
      This Information Sheet provides clarification regarding eligibility for receiving Feed-in Tariffs / Renewable Heat Incentive payments and grants.
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    • 15/07/2011 - Renewables 05 - 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland
      The 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland is an update and extension to the Renewables Action Plan 2009.  The original Renewables Action Plan set out short term actions towards the delivery of 2020 targets for renewable energy.  This Routemap reflects the challenge of the new target to meet an equivalent of 100% deman
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    • 15/07/2011 - Renewables 07: Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)
      The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) loan fund was launched by Richard Lochhead on 15 February 2011. The scheme aims to provide loans towards the high risk, pre-planning consent stages of renewable energy projects which have significant community engagement and benefit. A small budget is stil
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    • 15/07/2011 - Renewables 08: Renewables: Agricultural Tenancy and Crofting Issues
      This Information Sheet seeks to address the following questions:- Can an agricultural tenant establish a renewables scheme without involvement of the landlord? Can the landlord resume land for a renewables scheme without tenant’s agreement? How does the position differ for crofting leases?
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