Scotland exceeds renewable energy target

Renewable sources delivered the equivalent of 59.4 per cent of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2015, exceeding the 50 per cent renewable electricity target.

Renewable sources of electricity generation in 2015 were up 14 per cent on 2014 and were the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland at a record 42 per cent of Scotland’s total output. This is higher than both nuclear (35 per cent) and fossil fuels (22 per cent).

Scotland continued to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting 29 per cent of all electricity generation in 2015, while its renewable generation made up approximately 26 per cent of the total UK renewable output in 2015.

Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, said: “It is fantastic news that renewables are now, for the first time, Scotland’s biggest electricity generator, and that just under 60 per cent of Scotland’s gross electricity demand could be met by renewables.

“The Scottish government is a strong driver of a progressive agenda on tackling harmful climate change. Today’s figures show that a low carbon economy is not just a practical way forward, but that Scotland’s clean, green energy resources are playing an increasingly crucial role in the security of Scotland’s energy supply. We will set out our plans for future progress towards a secure, sustainable low carbon energy sector in our draft Energy Strategy which is due to be published in January.”

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