Community Energy Policy
We work closely with the UK and Scottish Governments, and with organisations such as SEPA, SNH and Scottish Renewables to advise on the challenges and issues groups are facing, and to find ways to overcome difficulties.
Working for the sector
As well as the direct advice and support Community Energy Scotland offers to community projects, we are always working hard behind the scenes ensuring the right policies and incentives are in place to allow community energy to flourish.
Since the launch of Community Energy Scotland in 2008, we have been involved in supporting over 1400 projects across Scotland. The sector has seen a huge growth so far, and Community Energy Scotland has experience in a diverse range of projects, as shown below:
Hundreds of micro-generation projects in community buildings and social housing.
6.88 MW of wholly community-owned wind projects installed
100% planning consent success rate for community wind and hydro schemes – around twice the rate of commercial projects
We are working with over 150 groups on large-scale revenue generating projects, totalling over 180MW of potential renewable capacity
Community Energy Scotland has distributed over £15.5m of funding towards community energy projects since 2009
In recent years, Community Energy Scotland have responded to many consultations on a broad range of issues. Recently, we have represented the views of the sector and our members on the following issues, amongst others:
- EMR Briefing - ELectricity Market Reform - widescale changes to the Electricity Market and replacement of ROCs with Contracts for Difference
- Response to Crown Estate Consultation - linking Communities aspirations on marine energy to future development of Crown Estate policy and process
- Planning Fees consultation Scottish Government - Concern over the scale of fee increase
- Moray Council Community Benefit consultation - Concern over the advice proposed by Moray Council
- CES opinion piece on recent SSE annoucement regarding Orkney grid constraints
We have also been working closely with DECC and Ofgem to try to resolve many of the state aid difficulties for communities around the Feed-in Tariff.