Our Plan for Scotland

Clean, green, renewable energy for the next generation

Clean, green, renewable energy for the next generation

Scottish Liberal Democrats in government in Scotland 1999-2007 set the first ever renewable electricity targets.

They gave confidence to this new industry to invest and innovate.

We maintain our commitment to 100% of Scottish electricity to be from renewable sources and will take steps to make sure that this comes from varied and growing sources through a diverse and expanding energy generation portfolio, to maintain energy security. We will:

  • Support diverse technologies for renewable energy, including research into hydrogen technology and energy storage at Scottish universities together with support for solar, micro-hydro, bio-energy and anaerobic digestion.

We will tackle the barriers faced by each renewable energy technology:

  • Make it easier to re-power existing wind farms through changes to planning regulations;
  • Create a national strategy and prioritise EU funding for floating, offshore wind technology;
  • Seek to create a European marine energy zone with an R&D grid connection between Orkney and the mainland to be accessed at no cost to
  • Commit to future funding of Wave Energy Scotland;
  • Negotiate with the Green Investment Bank to increase support for biomass heating and anaerobic digestion;
  • Work with OFGEM to develop a strategy for storage of electrical power which cuts costs and puts Scotland at the forefront of the race to develop;
  • Introduce permitted rights for air-sourced heat pumps to bring Scottish regulations into line with the rest of the UK;
  • Adopt a similar approach to renewable and district heating as in the “London Plan” which requires developers to justify not installing combined heat and power systems in new developments before planning permission can be considered for alternative heat systems; 
  • Divert the unused money that is earmarked for the Saltire Prize immediately to prevent further companies from withdrawing from the marine renewable sector;
  • Support expansion of the Scottish Government’s Community Wind Benefit scheme to make sure that a share of the profits of wind generation are returned to the local community;
  • Encourage community ownership of energy generation projects by splitting the existing target for ownership beyond 500MW to make sure the ‘community owned’ part is substantial, recognising that “local owned” too often only benefits large landowners;
  • Challenge the UK Government on their withdrawal of support for renewables.