Scotland sets ambitious renewables target
The Scottish government has set a target of delivering the equivalent of 50% of the nation’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030. Its Draft Energy Strategy, published on Tuesday 24 January, said the target was designed to provide unambiguous support for the renewables industry. The document also set out: an ambition to make Scotland the first area in the UK to host subsidy-free onshore wind; a renewed focus on energy efficiency, with an aim to take a targeted approach to reducing demand, including through investment in district heating; and proposals for the establishment of a Scottish government-owned energy company. Responses are invited by 30 May.