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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07652: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 2 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will work with community energy projects to help deliver the commitments in its publication, Draft Climate Change Plan - the draft Third Report on Policies and Proposals 2017-2032.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 16 March 2017

The Scottish Government are defining a distinctive approach to Scotland’s future energy provision; putting communities at the heart of decisions about their local energy system; and empowering them to take an economic stake in new developments.

This supportive and positive environment has led in the last year to a number of achievements and key milestones being reached, including:

our community and locally owned target of 500MW by 2020 being met five years.

Over £10 million now being invested in Scottish communities every year from renewable energy projects

One of the key themes of our draft Energy Strategy is a more localised approach to energy provision, helping to tackle some of our most pressing issues – from fuel poverty, to security of supply, to increasing costs – and stimulate local economic renewal. We want to ensure that communities will be at the heart of this new approach.