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Take a closer look at developing an energy masterplan and discover the benefits of developing energy efficient systems.

The Scottish Government’s ambition is to see an increasing number of new energy and district heating networks developed across the country, and it is important to make the best use of the existing heat sources which we have, including unused and renewable heat.

This in turn can help cut carbon emissions, reduce fuel bills and combat fuel poverty. Energy Masterplanning can assist developers and local authorities plan better, provide for ‘future proofing’ and in using energy more efficiently.

Energy Masterplanning approaches have already been used in a range of settings and locations across Scotland, but there is more that can be done. For example, there are significant opportunities for cities in particular and for our larger towns and settlements to use renewable and low carbon heat energy.  

The aim should be for new developments to be future-proofed to ensure that connections to existing or planned heat networks can be taken forward as soon as they are viable. 

Our Guide to Energy Masterplanning 

Our Guide to Energy Masterplanning sets out the critical key stages and components of an energy masterplan and the benefits of developing energy efficient systems and decentralised energy systems. 

The requirements of an energy masterplan will be determined by local characteristics and our guide takes you through the stages involved in preparing a masterplan. The guide will act as a toolkit, supporting the development of creative low carbon solutions and delivering decentralised energy systems, offering examples and explaining how the masterplan approach helps in the development and delivery of economically viable, sustainable projects. 

Our guide also provides advice on what information is publically available, additional data that needs to be collected, useful tools and a description of how all of these elements can be incorporated into a coherent energy masterplan. You'll also find a glossary of terms and key links. 

Explore the opportunities 

Significant opportunities arise from the un-utilised and under-utilised heat loads from existing and proposed biomass plants, energy from waste (EfW) plants and from anaerobic digestion (AD) plants too. 

Other opportunities might include geothermal and minewater opportunities, and there may well be scope for better utilisation of any surplus biogas derived from our existing waste water treatment works. 

Where there are clusters of energy intensive businesses, their manufacturing processes may also present an opportunity to develop different forms of energy networks. 

Successful energy masterplanning requires a lead organisation steps forward with an appetite and commitment to bring stakeholders together, promote, develop and subsequently adopt and help deliver the energy masterplan. 

Energy masterplanning is best used to identify opportunities to connect energy (including heat) resources with demands in the most cost effective, sustainable and low carbon manner. 

This can be developed strategically at regional geography scale, city scale or at a local level to identify a vision for the future energy system and will identify a number of cluster opportunities that can be developed collectively and/or individually. 

Your energy masterplan 

Your energy masterplan should offer a clear picture of the potential for the delivery of decentralised energy networks. It should include spatial maps that allow area planners and project developers to identify energy opportunities at the earliest possible stage and can assist the commissioning of projects in consideration of the wider energy context. 

And your masterplan will help help raise wider organisation awareness and political support, as well as providing a low carbon evidence base. 

Ready to develop your masterplan? 

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