Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is working to develop the wind and hydro power potential of the land and forests that we manage for Scottish Ministers, also known as the National Forest Estate (nfe). The estate covers nearly 10% of Scotland.
Wind and hydro power provide clean and renewable sources of electricity which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Scottish Government has a target of generating the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's gross annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.
Aims for developing the National Forest Estate:
Our aim is to ensure that the potential of the National Forest Estate is developed and managed in ways that:
- contribute to the Scottish Government’s renewable energy target,
- maximise financial returns from the National Forest Estate,
- secure benefits for local communities,
- achieve a reasonable and sustainable balance with other FCS objectives
Opportunities for communities from wind or hydro developments
Forestry Commission Scotland is working with a number of energy developers to build wind and hydro projects on national forest land. Part of this programme ensures that communities have flexibility in how they can benefit from wind or hydro developments. We are also working, through the National Forest Land Scheme, with communities that have expressed an interest in developing their own wind or hydro energy projects on the national forest estate.
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For more details please contact Forest Renewables.
Telephone: 01698 222211