The Informer

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has highlighted the “significant” investment that will need to be made in Scotland’s gas and electricity infrastructure if the country is to hit its climate change targets.

Scotland’s energy policy aims to generate 50% of the power required for heating, transport and electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Investment will be needed in transmission infrastructure to give investors the confidence to back renewable projects.

Wheelhouse said the Scottish Government was already working with Ofgem and the UK Government on the topics. He also outlined plans to convene a networks summit to be held later this year, alongside launching a Scottish Energy Networks Group to tackle the issues.

Electric vehicles and green gas

David Smith, Chief Executive of the Energy Networks Association, said: “As new technologies like electric vehicles or smart hybrid heating systems are chosen, the networks are already changing the way they manage the system."

“We back the Scottish Government’s vision for a low-carbon gas network with roles for hydrogen and biomethane along with a smart, flexible electricity network to provide the best service for the public.”

Scott Mathieson, Network Planning & Regulation Director at SP Energy Networks, added: “I fully support this vision, which rightly positions the consumer at the centre of the design of networks in Scotland; particularly as there is a focus on addressing the challenges of integrating heat and transport electrification into the existing electricity distribution networks.”

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