The Scottish government revealed far-reaching novel strategies to increase the use of renewable fuel in electricity, transport and heat across the country, under its first ever Energy Strategy. Business, Energy and Innovation minister Paul Wheelhouse said in a statement:
“This strategy recognises and builds on our achievements to date and on Scotland’s capacity for innovation. It places consumers, and their interests, more firmly than ever at the heart of everything that we do. We are leading the way in promoting community and locally owned renewable energy – well ahead of the rest of the UK – as figures announced today demonstrate. This strategy will guide decisions of the Scottish government over the coming decades. We want to make sure, within the scope of our devolved powers, good stewardship of Scotland’s energy sector – something we have called the UK government to step up to for years.”
The Strategy sets a new objective for at least 50% of all Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources by 2030. Another target set by the Scottish government is a 30% increase in energy productivity across the economy. To drive advancement towards the new targets, the Scottish government promised £80m fresh investment in the energy sector – £60m for low-carbon innovation and £20m for energy investment, coupled with, a confirmation for a publicly owned energy company.
Scotland’s first Energy Strategy was published on the 20th December 2017 and details can be found here – http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00529523.pdf
The GREBE Project has published its seventh e-zine to showcase the activities and ongoing goals of the project.
Since October we have continued to carry out the project activities and meet our objectives. Our 7th partner meeting in Enniskillen was hosted by Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and included a networking event and site visits. The aim was to highlight the benefits of renewable energy for SMEs and start-up businesses, and give participants the opportunity to meet with biomass experts from the Natural Resources Institute in Finland. Details can be found on page 3. A policy workshop was held by the Western Development Commission as part of their Regional Heat Study for the Western Region. Details can be found on page 4.
GREBE’s Funding Options tool has been launched and provides information on the funding mechanisms currently available in the partner regions. More details on this can be found on page 6 and is available at http://support.renewablebusiness.eu/
Another highlight for the GREBE project was the launch of the Renewable Business Portal. The Portal is an online training and networking portal which allows for flexible and easy access to training material and technology transfer information. Details can be found on page 7 and 8 and can be visited at http://renewablebusiness.eu/
Our Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme in Northern Ireland is complete and has now been launched in Finland, Scotland and Ireland. Details can be found on page 9. Our e-zine can be downloaded from the GREBE Project website here. This has been a great year as far as achieving our targets are concerned, and we have many more activities lined up for 2018. We wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.
A new innovation partnership has recently been launched in North East Iceland. The company’s name is Eimur and is founded by Landsvirkjun (e. National Power Company of Iceland), Norðurorka (e. Nordurorka Ltd. – Utility Company), Orkuveita Húsavíkur (e. Húsavík Energy) and Eyþing (Association of municipalities in North East Iceland), contributing 100 million Icelandic króna’s in the next three years.
Eimurs strategy is still being formed but the main goal will be to promote sustainability with increased and more diverse utilization of energy resources in North East Iceland and to encourage research and utilization of energy related innovation, i.e. by linking energy production and tourism. Furthermore Eimur will strive for finding new ways to use energy streams that are not being used at the moment, i.e. waste heat and other raw material that goes unused from various productions, industries, fishery and agriculture.
Eimur has high hopes for future various innovations and job creation in the area in cooperation with tourist industries, various industries, diverse production, researchers and universities. Moreover they aim for attracting investors both national and international.
In the inaugural meeting in June 2016, a number of companies introduced ideas who can in the future become role models for other companies with help from Eimur. Among those companies was Norðursigling which has whale watching boats driven on electricity only and few companies who introduced various ideas on how to accelerate electrifying cars in that area. The support from Eimur will be for companies of all sizes.
Eimurs newly hired general director is Albertina Fr. Eliasdottir but she will start work for the company early September.