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Draft Electricity Generation Policy Statement

Report details Scottish Government’s proposed energy strategy 

The Scottish Government published an initial draft Electricity Generation Policy Statement (EGPS) in November 2010, to support their Climate Change Report on Proposals and Policies  (RPP). The RPP is required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 to set out proposals and policies for meeting annual emissions reductions targets from 2010 to 2022.

This refreshed EGPS sets out the pathway to meeting the Scottish Government target of delivering the equivalent of at least 100% of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2020. It sets out how Scotland currently generates electricity, and the changes needed to meet Scottish Government targets and deliver a low carbon generating mix.

The details below are a brief summary of the main targets and policies. The full report can be read HERE.

The draft EGPS is constructed around a number of relevant targets and related requirements:

  • delivering the equivalent of at least 100% of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2020 as part of a wider, balanced electricity mix, with thermal generation playing an important role though a minimum of 2.5 GW of thermal generation progressively fitted with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS);
  • enabling local and community ownership of at least 500 MW of renewable energy by 2020;
  • lowering final energy consumption in Scotland by 12%;
  • demonstrating carbon capture and storage (CCS) at commercial scale in Scotland by 2020, with full retrofit across conventional power stations thereafter by 2025-30;
  • seeking increased interconnection and transmission upgrades capable of supporting projected growth in renewable capacity.

The draft EGPS is structured as follows:

Energy demand reduction –  summary look at the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan (EEAP), against the backdrop of a fall in final energy consumption of 7.4% in 2009 compared to the previous year.

Renewables – the importance of renewables in the light of the Scottish Government’s 100% target mentioned above, our target for at least 500 MW of renewable energy (electricity and heat) to be in local and community ownership by 2020; and in the context of the Renewables Routemap and the related heat and transport targets.

CCS – the Scottish Government’s policy is that renewable generation should operate alongside upgraded and more efficient thermal stations, and that there should be a particularly strong role for CCS, where Scotland has the natural advantages and resources which could enable it to become a world leader.

Nuclear – the draft EGPS confirms that nuclear energy will be phased out in Scotland over time, with no new nuclear build taking place in Scotland. This does NOT preclude extending the operating life of Scotland’s existing nuclear stations to help maintain security of supply over the next decade while the transition to renewables and cleaner thermal generation takes place.

Bioenergy – confirmation that biomass should be used in small heat only and CHP applications, off gas-grid, the better to contribute to meeting the Scottish Government’s target of 11% of heat demand to be sourced from renewables by 2020.

Role of electricity storage – developments in this area, while financially and technologically challenging, can help address the variability of certain forms of renewable generation

Transmission and distribution – the draft EGPS reaffirms the important role that Scotland can play in developing greater onshore and offshore grid connections within and across the UK and Europe. It continues to press for a sensible regulatory regime – in particular an equitable outcome on charging – and also looks at the importance of (and need to build upon) the recently published Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES) and the importance of developing North Sea grid.

Modelling the target of the equivalent of 100% of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2020 – modelling commissioned by the Scottish Government confirms that this target is technically feasible. The work, summarised at Annex B of the report, also looks at the changes to the generation mix and power flows which will be required.

Market factors – the draft EGPS also reiterates the need for a sensible outcome to the current process of Electricity Market Reform (EMR) and the need for that outcome to respect the devolution settlement and help deliver Scotland’s renewable and CCS potential.

Links

Link to downloadable PDF of the report

Views on the EGPS are invited by 4 June 2012 and should be sent by email to EGPS.energymarkets@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or in writing to:

Megan Keir
Energy and Climate Change Directorate
Business Management Team
The Scottish Government
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LU

 

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