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Supporting Development of the Highland Renewable Energy Strategy

The Highland Council, 2006

Supporting Development of the Highland Renewable Energy Strategy

Following six months of intense work with the renewable energy working group, Aquatera was commissioned to produce integrated draft planning strategy and planning guidance documents. The deliberations of the working group had established the ground rules under which the strategy would need to be formulated. However, the production of coherent documentation to articulate the many facets that the Highland Council wanted to include was nevertheless very challenging. At the heart of the strategy, the Renewable Energy Resource Assessment (RERA) model was used to predict future scenarios for development and to compare the advantages and disadvantages of each. Development based upon existing planning applications and proposed projects was compared with development based around a variety of pre-selected areas. Different constraint weightings generated different outputs and alternative approaches were evaluated until a final way forward was selected.

The strategy document was issued for consultation in November 2005 and consultation closed in January 2006. A number of changes were made to the strategy document in light of the comments received from consultees, and improvements were concomitantly made to the RERA model. The finalised strategy documents have now been formally adopted by the full Highland Council.


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