The Scottish Energy Strategy set out ambitious emissions reduction targets[1] and a vision of a flourishing, competitive energy sector delivering secure, affordable and clean energy for Scotland’s households, communities and businesses. One of the Strategy’s priorities is to continue to champion and explore the potential of Scotland’s huge renewable energy resource.

The previous Renewable Energy offerings, in 2010 and 2014 resulted in 18MW of operational hydro capacity, with a further 4.7MW under development, and several potential wind schemes under Option, but Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) considers that there is still remaining undeveloped renewable resource on the National Forest Estate (NFE).

In addition, there have been many changes to the energy market and technologies in recent years, which may open further opportunities to develop energy generation or storage on the NFE. We want to encourage these and are willing to consider new technologies and ideas.

We welcome proposals from Communities for all technologies and these will be considered through the ongoing Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS).

FES is thus seeking views from the industry on our proposed approach to support non-fossil fuel energy[2] on the NFE in Scotland, through an Energy Offering (EO), with the following principles.


  • Maximum 3 sites per developer
  • FES Standard documentation to be accepted (to be made available at the start of the EO)
  • 1 year from award of site to get to Option
  • Initial 3 year option, with possible extensions of 2 years and 1 year subject to criteria
  • 30 year Lease (to include construction and decommissioning), could be longer for other technologies
  • Community Investment for up to x% to be offered
  • Community Benefit of £5,000/MW installed, index-linked for wind and hydro
  • Synergies with neighbouring proposals to be considered during evaluation
  • Synergies with dual technologies

Have your say

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your thoughts by 29 March 2019 so that we may take your views into account. Where possible, your submission should include:

  • your company or community name.
  • the technology(ies) of interest
  • comments on the principles
  • any further comments

After this feedback has been considered, we expect to launch the Energy Offering in late-spring 2019. The application form and full details of the areas available, standard documents and the scoring system for evaluation of applications will be provided at the time of the launch of the offering.


[1] The equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources;

[2] Development using biomass for energy generation are not included.