Bringing members together to establish industry consensus positions is a mainstay of our policy work. On this page, we explain the process we use to do this and produce consultation responses and position statements.
RESPONDING TO CONSULTATIONS
Our policy team monitor organisations including the Scottish Government, UK Government, Ofgem and the National Grid ESO to ensure we know about any consultations they are holding to shape their policy making. Our Consultation Calendar shows all the consultations we are currently working on.
When a consultation is launched that is relevant to Scottish Renewables’ members, we will usually have 8 or 12 weeks to respond. To ensure we respond in time, we set deadlines to receive member inputs.
Collating member inputs and synthesising them into consensus positions is the mainstay of the policy team’s work and something that requires a sizable percentage of our time. Members can make this process much more efficient by sticking to the deadlines we set and submitting their inputs in the requested format.
The process for gathering member inputs:
- A link to the consultation is emailed to the relevant Forum(s) with a request for initial comments - All member organisations can input at this point
- A Task & Finish Group meeting is held to gather ‘rapid response’ from expert members to help SR write a first draft of our response
- The first draft of our response is emailed to the relevant Forum(s) for input and feedback - All member organisations can input at this point
- A second draft of our response is produced based on feedback gathered at step 3
- The second draft of our response is emailed to the relevant Forum(s) for final input and feedback - All member organisations can input at this point
- A final response is produced based on feedback from step 5 and submitted. The final response will be uploaded to the SR website and included in the next Monthly Briefing email.
Task & Finish Groups
Task & Finish Groups (TFGs) enable the SR policy team to get expert input to help them draft consultation responses that can be shared with the SR membership for input and feedback.
We choose individuals to sit on TFGs based on their track record of inputting into the SR policy work.
We look for individuals that:
- Submit comprehensive responses to SR requests for member input at steps 1, 3 and 5 of our consultation response process.
- Meet the deadlines for member input.
- Have specific expertise on the policy issue in question.
- Are able to reliably attend TFG meetings and make an active contribution.
Anyone wishing to be considered for a place on our TFGs is encouraged to get involved in our process for responding to consultations and build up their track record.