Renewable energy map of Scotland

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This blog allows you to explore where renewable energy projects are in Scotland. An interactive map allows you to narrow the data down by Parliamentary region, technology type and the current operational status of the project. 

About the data

The data that this tool is based on comes from the Renewable Energy Planning Database: quarterly extract by the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Renewable Energy Planning Database tracks the progress of UK renewable electricity projects over 150 kiloWatts(kW) through the planning system. It provides as accurate and comprehensive a snapshot as possible of projects, and of progress across the different technology sectors.

How to use the tool

The tool allows you to narrow down the data by three criteria:

  • Parliamentary region: this allows you to select by Scottish Parliamentary region and by offshore projects. You can select multiple options by holding down the Ctrl button. The default setting for this is “all”.
  • Technology type: this allows you to select which technologies you want to look at, for example onshore wind, landfill gas or hydro. You can select multiple options by holding down the Ctrl button. The default setting for this is “all”.
  • Development status: this allows you to select the current stage in the planning process the projects are at, from “application” through to “operational”. It also includes data on abandoned and decommissioned projects. The default setting for this is “operational”.

There are buttons next to each box which allow you to reset your selection to the default setting.

Updated: 20 September 2022

This is an early version; therefore, we would value feedback from Members, Members’ staff any anyone else with an interest. If you have any comments or suggestions on how to improve the tools please email us at spice@parliament.scot

Andrew Aiton and Alasdair Reid, SPICe

Cover image: Pixabay