Draft Scottish Energy Strategy


About the Inquiry

The Scottish Government's draft Scottish Energy Strategy, published on 24 January 2017, sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland, to 2050.

The Committee agreed to look at the Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) and District Heating.

At its meeting on 23 May 2017, the Committee held a roundtable evidence session with:

Joan MacNaughton, The Climate Group
Lindsay Roberts, Scottish Renewables
Lawrence Slade, Energy UK
Gina Hanrahan, WWF-UK
Duncan Burt, National Grid
Nicholas Gubbins, Community Energy Scotland
Dr Mark Winskel, University of Edinburgh

Written Submissions

Official Report of Meeting

At its meeting on 30 May 2017, the Committee held two evidence panels on SEEP and District Heating.


Teresa Bray, Changeworks
Elizabeth Leighton, Existing Homes Alliance Scotland
Janet Archibald, Fife Council

Written Submissions

District Heating

David Handley, SGN
Keith MacLean, UKERC Advisory Board
Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage, University of Edinburgh;
Fiona Goodenough, Scottish Cities Alliance 

Official Report of Meeting

At its Meeting on 13 June 2017, the Committee took evidence from:

Duncan Burt, Head of Operate the System - Electricity, National Grid
Barbara Vest, Director of Generation, Energy UK
Emma Kelso, Partner, Energy Systems, Ofgem
Professor Keith Bell, Co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)

Official Report of Meeting

Additional Written Submissions

On 9 May, members of the Committee met with ECCI and Community Energy Scotland at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Visit Note (122KB pdf)

On 12 June, members of the Committee visited Levenmouth Community Energy Project, ORE Catapult and University of St Andrews, Guardbridge Energy Centre.

On 30 June, the Committee wrote to the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy:

The Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy replied on 31 August.

On 14 November the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy wrote to the Committee regarding the publication of the consultation responses relating to the Draft Energy Strategy.

On 20 December 2017, the  Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy wrote to the Committee regarding the Scottish Energy Strategy.

On 18 December 2017,  Convener for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee wrote the Committee asking what plans the Committee had for further scrutiny. The Convener replied on 24 January 2018.

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