Scottish government reveals outcomes from summit on networks vision

The Scottish government has published a report, detailing the key points and recommendations to emerge from its Energy Networks Vision Summit.

The event, held in February 2020, was devised with the goal of shaping the future of Scotland’s electricity and gas networks. It saw the importance of a whole systems approach, the need to work together, delivering decarbonised energy for heat, and coordinating network costs and flexibility among key themes to emerge, leading to a set of recommendations for the Scottish government.

These included developing a whole systems approach for energy in greater detail – indicating clearly to both the UK government and Ofgem the role energy networks need to play in the wider system to realise Scotland’s decarbonisation and economic ambitions – and that the Scottish government should work alongside Ofgem and the network companies in developing a shared understanding for the role energy networks will play in delivering low carbon transport, low carbon heat and supporting industrial decarbonisation.

It was also recommended for the Scottish government, Ofgem and network companies to work together to improve the recognition and integration of local energy planning into decisions and policy impacting network development, while they were also told to collaborate to ensure fairness, a just transition and the growth of a green economy are central to decisions made regarding the development of energy networks.