Green target met ahead of target

Renewables now biggest energy source in Scotland

Fergus Ewing TwitterRenewables are now the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland at a record 38% of total output – higher than both nuclear (33%) and fossil fuels (28%), statistics published today have revealed.

Green energy sources delivered 49.7% of gross electricity consumption last year – against 44.4% in 2013. This means that the 50% renewable electricity target for 2015 ha been met almost a year ahead of schedule.

Renewable generation in 2014 was up 11.9% on 2013 (which was a previous record year for renewables) and accounted for a record 38% of total Scottish generation. Scotland generated 49,929 GWh of electricity in 2014 with renewable electricity generation delivering 18,962 GWh.

Scottish renewable generation made up approximately 29% of the total UK renewable output in 2014. Scotland continued to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting 23.7% of generation in 2014.

Welcoming the figures, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing (pictured) said: “The historic agreement reached at the global climate change summit in Paris earlier this month sends a signal of certainty about the global economy’s low carbon future, in the same way as Scotland did through our world-leading climate legislation in 2009.

“Today’s figures show that Scotland’s renewables sector is stronger than ever and our early adoption of clean, green energy technology and infrastructure was the right thing to do. It is fantastic news that renewables are now Scotland’s biggest electricity generator, and that nearly half of gross electricity consumption comes from renewables.

“Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government, we will continue to harness – and bolster – Scotland’s renewables potential, both in generation and infrastructure. At the end of Q3 2015, there was 7,504 MW of installed renewables electricity capacity in Scotland, an increase of 4.6% over the year.

“Devolved administrations, like the Scottish Government, will be strong drivers of a progressive climate agenda. Today’s figures show that a low carbon economy is not just a practical way forward, but that green energy plays a crucial role in the security of Scotland’s energy supply.”

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