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Planning for renewable electricity and heat is a key strand of climate change mitigation as we move to a low carbon society.
Planning has a key role in supporting a diverse mix of onshore and offshore renewables and has to be proactive in maximising opportunities in these challenging and fast-moving sectors.
The planning system’s focus is on providing guidance on the locations where particular renewables are most likely to be appropriate as well as shaping the criteria to be taken into account in the determination of applications.
Scottish Government Policy is to generate the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's gross annual electricity consumption , the equivalent of 11% of Scotland's heat demand met from renewable sources and 500 MW of community and locally-owned renewable energy, all by 2020.
Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) supports the installation of a wide range of renewable energy technologies to help achieve these targets, including energy storage.
Also Worth Seeing
Online renewables planning advice, which will be regularly updated to reflect best practice, can be found below:-
Scotland's Zero Waste Plan
Letter from Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism and Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning concerning Onshore Wind - Planning issues and support
The Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit
Scottish Energy Advisory Board
For further information on Planning and Renewable Energy please contact:
Allen Hughes0131 244 5906
Simon Bonsall 0131 244 7546
Page updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013