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Net zero energy

Our energy sector's role in low carbon transition

Pioneering Energy Transition

Scotland is making progress in the transition to clean energy. Renewable technologies are the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland – and 2020 was a record year. Our region is at the forefront in Scotland’s development of technology, supply chain growth, and innovation.

Major potential exists in: marine energy research, development and deployment; offshore wind, floating wind and green hydrogen. The blue economy is a key feature in our region and sitting alongside ‘green recovery’, ‘green jobs’, and ‘achieving net zero ambitions’ and will support a just transition creating employment in coastal and island communities.  

Find out here about our low carbon opportunities and for more information on the sector click below.

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MeyGen Tidal Power

MeyGen has created a tidal stream project at an offshore site between Scotland’s northernmost coast and the island of Stroma. The 3.5km site covers some of the fastest flowing waters in the UK, just 2km from Scotland’s north-east tip.

Here Operations Manager Fraser Johnson explains the role of tidal energy as a renewable source of electricity, what's involved, and how the system generates reliable and predictable power.


Hear about the challenges and opportunities available in the Highlands and Islands whilst working towards a net zero Scotland by 2045.

We have a proven track record of world firsts in renewable energy and innovation. This provides a solid foundation for the future and the opportunity to create jobs across the region.

Developing an advanced tidal turbine

Tidal power uses the movement in our tides and oceans to generate clean, predictable energy.

Nova Innovation, along with partners, have created an advanced tidal turbine that's robust, reliable and cost competitive with fossil fuels. Hear more about the innovation in our short film.

Orbital Marine Power

Orbital Marine Power is an innovative Scottish company with the ambition to help in the fight against climate change by introducing a new form of renewable power to the world.

In 2016 they launched the world’s most powerful tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. Have a look at this video to hear more about the world firsts delivered by Orbital in Scotland and the exciting news of their latest development.

Energy Investment Fund

The Energy Investment Fund provides flexible investment and debt funding for energy projects in Scotland that facilitate, catalyse and accelerate Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy.

Community and commercial projects are eligible. The Fund is managed by the Scottish Investment Bank.

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Green Islands

Islands' Transition

Our island communities are leading the way in exploring new ways in which local people can be at the heart of their low carbon futures.

The island communities in Canna, Eigg, Rum, Muck, Fair Isle, Foula and the west coast peninsula communities of Knoydart and Scoraig are working together in the the EU Clean Energy for Islands initiative. 

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In another project the Outer Hebrides is representing the region in an international pilot project. The Responsible research and Innovation Policy Experimentations for Energy Transition has created a Transition Lab to explore what's needed to deliver the ideal regional energy system.


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Looking for help on a local energy project?

Local Energy Scotland helps businesses and communities with all aspects of local, renewable energy.

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