His unionist opponents, however, are determined to force a simple, one-question referendum on salmond: yes or no to independence?
Unfortunately, it turns out that renewable energy is, after independence, salmond's other big idea.
salmond had initially asked for a package of additional powers, known as “Devo max” to be included on the ballot paper.
He was comprehensively out-foxed by salmond, the Scottish National Party leader, who now finds himself in a win-win position.
salmond, 59, said he had made the decision because it was time to hand over the struggle to a new generation.
Last weekend it emerged that police are looking into a death threats made about Mr salmond on Facebook.
And, as he warns salmond, the fight is just beginning: "You will be long gone, but the people of Scotland will forever suffer."
salmond, therefore, was careful not to promise an immediate plebiscite.
Which is one reason why salmond might like to hedge his bets and ask a two-question referendum.
The name of a Captain salmond of the now extinct parish or manor of Salterford is connected with this transaction.