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In this section of the OIC webpages you will find a selection of useful energy documents and reports relevant to the Energy field, stored in the Library with web access to the original document.

We are always looking for additional original energy articles to add to this Library. If you have any documents you think should be added to the Library send them to Elizabeth Wright via email.  Please make sure you provide a descriptive paragraph containing key words. Also state where it originates from and if possible a web address so we can provide a relevant link on our webpages.

Energy Advice is provided by a number of sources namely The Scottish Government, The Energy Saving Trust and Highland Council.  See below for an index of the documentation available on this site; all of which can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link to the left of this page.

Planning our Electric Future; a White Paper for secure, affordable and low carbon electricity. This White Paper sets out the Government’s commitment to transform theUK’s electricity system to ensure that our future electricity supply is secure, low-carbon and affordable.

Executive Summary - Planning our electric future; a White Paper for secure, affordable & low-carbon electricity.

Marine Energy Road Map. This White Paper sets out the Government’s commitment to transform theUK’s electricity system to ensure that our future electricity supply is secure, low-carbon & affordable.

Renewable Heat Action Plan for Scotland: a plan for the promotion of the use of heat from renewable sources. The Plan highlights the need to utilise all technological options available, at a range of scales, to meet the 2020 target. The Plan focuses on action required over a 2 year period to accelerate progress towards the 11% target.

Economic Strategy 2011-2016 - A joint Economic Development Strategy for Orkney – Discussion Draft for SEF.  This strategy reflects on the wider contribution of the Community Planning Partnerships and the Partners involved in delivering sustainable economic growth for Orkney.

Impact Assessment for the Energy Bill 2010/11. A summary impact assessment for the Energy Bill 2010/11.

Enabling the Transition to a Green Economy: Government & business working together (2011).  This document sets out the range of policy tools used to support the transition to a green economy, the opportunities that are created and the implications for the way in which businesses operate. The document is a product of collaborative working across Government, reflecting not only the broad policy coverage on the green agenda, but also that a green economy will only be achieved through working together.

The Future is Local (July 2011) Empowering communities to improve their neighbourhoods Sustainable Development Commission.  This report builds on the experience of numerous case studies which demonstrate the wide range of sustainability benefits that can be achieved from retrofitting and upgrading the infrastructure. The Commission believes that this necessary process can be done in a way that achieves multiple benefits; generating jobs and skills, reducing carbon emissions and waste and at the same time engaging with communities in a way that ensures that they are part of the process of achieving a better quality of life for themselves and those around them.

UK Renewable Energy Roadmap (July 2011).  This document sets outUK’s shared approach to unlockingUK’s renewable energy potential. The document builds on the actions already underway: financial support mechanisms for renewables, the Green Investment Bank to help companies’ source investment in green infrastructure, and encouraging the development of new offshore wind manufacturing facilities as port sites.

2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland (July 2011). This document is an update & extension to the Scottish Renewables Action Plan 2009. This update reflects the challenge of new target to meet an equivalent of 100% demand for electricity from renewable energy by 2020, as well as our target of 11% renewable heat. The Route Map presents actions which are focussed on targets, within the current development ofUKregulatory support, arguing constructively for the UK Government to ensure that such support matchesScotland’s ambitions.

Energy Roadmap 2050 – State of Play (May 2011).  Background paper.

Heat Mapping - The Highland Council (April 2011). The Highland Heat Map is a Geographic Information System (GIS) based spatial planning tool which brings together a range of relevant spatial information relating to renewable heat opportunities with a suite of complementary GIS tools. These tools allow integration and analyses of the Heat Map providing users with a range of potential outputs including maps, statistics and predictions.

Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets 2010-2022. The Report on Proposals & Policies (March 2011). Written statement laid before the Scottish Parliament pursuant to section 35 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009

Renewable Heat in Scotland, 2010. A report by the Energy Saving Trust for the Scottish Government(March 2011). An update of the Sustainable Development Commission’s Renewable Heat database with installations now known to be operating, those currently under construction and those in planning, providing a short report of the findings, including an update of the estimates of capacity and heat production based on the data obtained.

Public Bodies Climate Change Duties: Putting them into practice. Guidance required by Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 (February 2011). This guidance has been prepared to assist public bodies in complying with the duties placed upon them by Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. This guidance has been developed to assist public bodies in addressing climate change action as a key strategic issue and in mainstreaming it alongside other corporate priorities.

Zero carbon Britain 2030. A New Energy Strategy – The second report of the Zero Carbon Britain project (2010). This report presents detailed information and argument to demonstrate that zero emissions by 2030 is within reach – given appropriate commitment, dedication and effort on the part of government, industry, NGOs and the public at large.

A Low Carbon Economic Strategy for Scotland (November 2010). This strategy builds on the response from Scottish business, industry and research base, provides a framework to complement the work of the 20:20 group. It provides a Scottish focus, alongside UK Government initiatives, on what action is required to transformScotland’s industries and infrastructure, into exemplars to the world of what can be achieved in the pursuit of a low carbon economy.

Energy 2020 – A Strategy for Competitive, Sustainable & Secure Energy (November 2010).  This strategy provides a solid & ambitious European framework for energy policy based around 5 pillars of action.

Draft Electricity Generation Policy Statement 2010 Scotland– A Low Carbon Society (November 2010). This report sets out the Scottish Government’s latest position on the role of renewable electricity and fossil fuel generation (coal, gas, oil) in Scotland’s future energy mix. It gives a clear view on the need for both rapid expansion of renewable electricity across Scotlandand the underlying requirement for new efficient thermal capacity in this low carbon generation portfolio. It is based on the latest research studies on future energy supply, storage and demand, and takes account of the changing policy context in Scotland, the UKand the EU since the 2nd National Planning Framework was published in June 2009.

Conserve & Save The energy efficiency action plan for Scotland (October 2010). This document sets out the framework for the Scottish Government’s comprehensive approach to energy efficiency and microgeneration. It focuses on their contribution to energy and economic development, their role in reducing energy consumption in buildings and transport, and their role in delivering climate targets.

Pushing at boundaries of devolution: Energy & climate change policy inScotland (January 2010). This paper examines the policy capacities and constraints facing devolved government in Scotland in the climate change arena.

Report on Highland Heat Mapping Project The Highland Council (December 2009). This report outlines the Heat Mapping project which is a joint project with Highland Council, Scottish Government and HIE. The Heat Mapping project will help to inform the Council in policy decisions and assist in meeting the targets set by Scottish Government for carbon reduction. The report includes the progress to date and the anticipated timescales and outcomes.

A Sustainable Energy Strategy for Orkney (December 2009). Although a non-statutory document, it is closely linked to a number of statutory strategies and plans. It is intended that the strategy set out in this document will guide the Council and other Community Planning partners in undertaking a wide range of actions in future years.

Renewable Heat in Scotland Sustainable Development Commission Scotland report to the Scottish Government (July 2009). This document reports on the investigative findings of delivering renewable heat inScotland, to help inform the level of any future support and intervention required to deliver its target, it provides an accurate benchmark of the level of renewable heat currently in use inScotland. As part of the study SDC developed a database with information on all significant renewable heat installations in Scotland.

Climate Change Delivery Plan Meeting Scotland’s Statutory Climate Change Targets (June 2009). This Delivery Plan sets out how we will achieve the statutory emission targets which lie at the heart of the Bill. The Plan sets out what we need to do now, and in the medium and long term, to achieve the emissions reduction targets. It is the precursor to the more detailed statutory Report on Proposals and Policies to be produced in 2010, which will set out how we will meet the annual targets out to 2022.

Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 (2009). Duties of public bodies relating to climate change.

The Scottish Renewables Heating Pilot Clear plan UP and Logan Project Management (November 2008). This evaluation report is one of two outputs from a 2 year pilot study into the viability of including renewable technologies in future fuel poverty programmes.

Energy Policy: An Overview (Sept 2008). This short document sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to energy policy. It has 3 linked purposes:

  • To provide a statement that encourages the involvement of all stakeholders;
  • To provide a clear context for the work of the Scottish Government and its partners in policy development and delivery;
  • To encourage increased levels of innovation and investment in energy related projects in Scotland.

Orkney IslandsCouncil Carbon Management Programme Strategy and Implementation Plan (May 2007). Aims to identify the environmental and commercial risk to Orkney Islands Council resulting from the use of energy and fuels in the Council’s day to day operations.

Towards 2016 – Fuel Poverty: Successive Scottish Governments have recognised that fuel poverty can no longer be an acceptable part of Scottish life; and the target of eradicating fuel poverty "as far as is reasonably practicable by 2016" is not just a worthy aspiration but a statutory commitment. Significant steps have been taken towards that target in recent years, and many people have been lifted out of fuel poverty, but recent price rises are pulling too many people back into the daily struggle that fuel poverty represents. The Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum were challenged to come up with a strategy to make the most effective use of existing resources, and we have tried to do so in this document.

Role of Domestic Renewable Energy Technologies in Alleviating Fuel Poverty: Sheffield Hallam University report based on the findings of a two year study, funded by the Eaga Charitable Trust, into the role that micro-generation technologies can play in alleviating fuel poverty in the UK

Evaluation of solid wall insulation on fuel poor households in the private sector.

A Framework of Community Action on Climate Change: This is the first report produced by the Framework Group outlining the recommendations to remove the barriers currently facing communities. December 2010

Facing up to Climate Change - Breaking the Barriers to a Low Carbon Scotland: The report 'Facing up to Climate Change - Breaking the Barriers to a Low Carbon Scotland' was published in March 2011 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Historic Scotland Testing on Solid Wall in Real Buildings - Technical Papers: HS have done a lot of in situ testing on solid walls in real buildings across Scotland, some of figures in Technical Papers 10 (and 2).

In addition there are a number of short, easy to read summaries of Historic Scotland's current research and also some useful reports by Changeworks.