Scotland sees record increase in renewable heat

The amount of heat generated by renewable sources in Scotland grew by more than a third (36%) last year.

New figures published by the Energy Saving Trust, on behalf of the Scottish Government, estimate more than 1 gigawatt of renewable heat capacity in operation in Scotland in 2014. 

This accounts for around an estimated 3.8 per cent of the total non-electrical heat demand.

This report, covering heat from heat pumps (ground and air) biomass, waste and solar thermal, is used to measure progress towards the Scottish Government’s target of 11 per cent heat coming from renewables by 2020.

Also, non-electrical heat demand in Scotland reduced by 2 per cent in 2013 (the most recent year data is available for), to just over 82,000 GWh.

“I am pleased 2014 has seen the biggest step change in heat demand generated from renewable sources, a significant step forward to decarbonising heating,” said Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing.

“There is however continuing uncertainty about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which the UK Government have not commitment to beyond March 2016. We will continue to press for commitment to the long term sustainability of the RHI beyond next year to provide confidence for funders and stimulate investment in renewable heat technologies.”

The Scottish Government does has its own initiatives, such as our Home Renewables Loan Scheme, Resource Efficiency Scotland and the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme to provide support to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues