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57% of Scotland's electricity demand in 2015 was met by Renewables - 1st April 2016

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57% of Scotland's electricity demand in 2015 was met by Renewables, ahead of a key 50% target set by Ministers, new figures from DECC show. Statistics from DECC show that renewables share of electricity generation overall across the UK rose to 24.7% last year, from 19.1% in 2014, which it put down to “increased capacity”.

However overall electricity generation across all generation methods fell 0.4 per cent, “as a result of lower overall demand” which served to contribute “around 0.1% points of the 5.6% point increase in renewables share”.

Scottish Renewables said the latest figures suggest Scotland is now more than halfway towards it target of producing the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Jenny Hogan (Director of policy at Scottish Renewables) stated “This is another important milestone for our industry and shows renewables are now a mainstream part of our power sector. “There is still a huge amount of potential for future growth, if the industry is given the right backing by government.”

Lang Banks (WWF Scotland director) stated “It's fantastic news to learn that Scotland has continued to grow its use of renewables and now generates well over half of its annual electricity needs from clean energy sources. “Ahead of May's elections we need all political parties to continue to prioritise renewables and commit to ensuring Scotland secures the benefits of becoming the EU's first fully renewable electricity nation by 2030. “Independent research has shown that it is possible for Scotland to have a secure, efficient electricity system, based on almost entirely renewable electricity generation, by 2030. “Embracing that vision would maximise the opportunities to create new jobs, empower communities and support local economic renewal throughout the country.”

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