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.

 

    Consultation Responses

    • 24/01/2014 - Community Benefits from Renewables
      In responding to a recent consultation, Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the Scottish Government’s development of Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Renewables, but has asked for greater clarity on some aspects of the guidance.  In particular we are keen to see the circumstances in which it would be a
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    • 24/06/2013 - RHI - Non-Domestic tariff early review
      Scottish Land & Estates have responded to the Dept of Energy & Climate Change consultation on the Non-Domestic RHI Tariff Review.  We have asked DECC to rethink its  proposed doubling of support for largescale biomass and instead consider whether small to medium biomass does not present a better alternative in the UK in ter
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    • 25/04/2012 - Feed-in Tariff Review for non-PV Technologies
      Scottish Land & Estates has provided comments to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on its proposals for future Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) for non-PV technologies and on FIT scheme administration issues.  In the consultation response the organisation highlighted the importance of preliminary accreditation for potent
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    • 23/04/2012 - Consultation on an Emergency Cost Control Measure for the RHI
      Scottish Land & Estates has provided comments to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on proposals to establish an emergency cost control mechanism for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).  In the consultation response, the organisation highlighted the importance of having a notice period before implementing a tri
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    • 03/04/2012 - Consultation on Solar PV FITs
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) consultation on the review of feed-in tariffs (FITs) for solar PV installations.  The consultation covered a wide variety of topics including should an average rate of return for installations be targeted, should tariffs for multiple ins
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    • 29/02/2012 - Inquiry into Scottish Government’s Renewable Energy Targets
      Scottish Land & Estates and the National Farmers Union Scotland have submitted joint written evidence to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on the Scottish Government’s Renewable Energy Targets.  Scotland is fortunate to have comparative natural advantages, such as an abundant wind resource and a sea coast, in terms of
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    • 30/01/2012 - Water storage schemes for hydropower generation consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates has provided SEPA with comments on the above consultation.  In the response the organisation highlighted that while hydropower developments cannot simply override environmental concerns, a degree of pragmatism is required.  Therefore, reductions in electricity generation should not be so great as to je
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    • 13/01/2012 - Consultation on Review of ROC Bands
      Scottish Land & Estates and the National Farmers Union Scotland have submitted a joint response to the Scottish Government on its review of ROC Bands.  In the response both organisations recognised the need to support new technologies such as wave and tidal but that this should not be at the expense of more established technolo
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    • 16/12/2011 - Solar PV Consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates and NFUS have jointly responded to a UK consultation proposing changes to the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) for solar PV installations. While both organisations recognise that changes have to made to tariff levels, otherwise the scheme will no longer be able to cope, we also believe that the Department of Energy
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    • 05/08/2011 - Scottish Land & Estates and NFUS call for more user friendly RHI Guidance
      Scottish Land & Estates and NFU Scotland joined forces to respond to Ofgem’s consultation on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) guidance document. Both organisations welcomed the introduction of the RHI scheme and believe that it has the potential to increase the proportion of heat coming from renewable sources in the UK. Howe
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    • 22/07/2011 - Consultation: Dumfries and Galloway Interim Planning Policy on Wind Energy Development
      Scottish Land & Estates and the National Farmers Union Scotland have submitted a joint response to the above consultation.  In the response, both organisations emphasised that the planning policy should not be overly prescriptive so as to hinder wind developments.  Land managers must be allowed to benefit from the Feed-in Tari
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