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A Critical Review of Scottish Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Policy

  • Geoffrey Wood
  • Keith Baker


  • Discusses the effects of devolution and independence debates on renewable energy policy

  • Covers issues of practice, planning, legislation and regulation in the context of devolved government

  • Provides a clear introduction to the key issues in a real-life current political context

  • Includes contributions from leading experts that show-cases their knowledge, analysis and thoughts of the key issues from varied and different perspectives


Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment book series (ECE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Opportunities and Limitations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Geoffrey Wood, Keith Baker
      Pages 3-11
    3. Bill Slee, Jelte Harnmeijer
      Pages 35-64
    4. Keith Baker
      Pages 81-101
    5. Raphael J. Heffron, William J. Nuttall
      Pages 103-126
  3. The Challenges Ahead

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. David Toke
      Pages 199-209
    3. Keith Baker, Geoffrey Wood
      Pages 211-214
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 215-225

About this book


This book offers comprehensive coverage of current energy policy in Scotland focussing on non-fossil fuel energy options: renewables, nuclear power and energy efficiency. Covering issues of policy and practice, planning, legislation and regulation of a range of sustainable energy technologies in the context of devolved government, key experts explore these issues in terms of the ongoing Scottish independence debate, Brexit and further devolution in this vitally important and timely book.

The book emphasises two further distinctive areas: constitutional change and the role of sub-national authorities in renewable and low carbon energy policy and practice. The clear focus on renewable and low carbon energy policy and practice and sub-national authority level of governance of energy means that it will be of particular relevance as a case study for those countries either in the process of deploying renewable and/or low carbon energy technologies or looking to do so. The authors discuss the many lessons to be learnt from the Scottish and UK experience.

By providing a critical analysis of the subject, this book will be an invaluable reference to students, practitioners and decision-makers interested in renewable and low carbon energy transitions, energy planning and policy.


Low carbon energy Renewable energy Energy policy Fossil fuels Independence debate Indyref Nuclear energy Scottish electricity Community renewables Marine renewables Energy efficiency

Editors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey Wood
    • 1
  • Keith Baker
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of StirlingStirlingUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Engineering and the Built EnvironmentGlasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Geoffrey Wood is a Teaching Fellow in International Energy Law and Policy at the School of Law (University of Stirling) and is actively involved in research on energy and environmental law and governance specialising in energy policy, devolution, and low carbon transitions, with a focus on optimising policy delivery in terms of environmental, social, economic and technological outcomes.

Keith Baker is a Researcher at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment (Glasgow Caledonian University), specialising in fuel poverty, energy policy, and sustainable built environments. He is a co-founder of the Initiative for Carbon Accounting (, co-author of Carbon Management in the Built Environment (Routledge, 2012), and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Energy Poverty Observatory.

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