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Renewable energy generation set to be Scotland’s best for 2017! – 22nd December

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Over 50% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption from last year was produced by renewable energy sources, according to government figures. These figures also indicated that Scotland is set to have produced a record year of renewable energy production, with output in the first 9 months of 2017 nearly 20% higher than that of 2016.

Scotland is leading the way in terms of renewable energy generation within the UK, with nearly a quarter of total UK renewable generation being produced in Scotland.  Renewable energy generation accounted for 42.9% of total electricity generation in 2016 which has continued to grow.

Scotland’s first energy strategy has recently been published, which includes a £20 million Energy Investment Fund and an £60 million Low Carbon Innovation Fund. Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy said that the official statistics were very encouraging for Scotland and indicate that Scotland is on track for reaching its renewable energy targets.

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables was very pleased with the published figures and claims the renewable energy industry in Scotland is a success by creating clean energy, skilled jobs and attracting investment.

However, the Solar Trade Association in Scotland does not believe that the Scottish Government is investing enough resources into solar energy. They think that with an increased boost of solar generation in Scotland, it will definitely help to achieve the energy goals, including the 50% energy from renewables by 2030.

 

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