Scotland on track for another record year on renewable energy - 26th September
A 50% increase in hydro generation and a 20% per cent increase in wind output is primarily the cause for this. Scotland also looks set to meet its interim target of 50% by 2015 with the figures also showing that renewables met a record-breaking 46.4% of gross electricity consumption in 2013 (up from 39.9% in 2012).
Figures also show that in 2012 renewable heat generation was 3% per cent of Scotland’s non-electrical heat demand. This is an increase of 2.7% in 2011, indicating that good progress is being made towards the Scottish renewable heat target. Aswell as this final energy consumption decreased in 2012 by 2.2%. In 2012, Scotland’s final energy consumption was 11% lower than the baseline averaged over the years 2005-2007.
Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “2014 is on track to be another record year for renewable electricity generation in Scotland, with 30 per cent higher generation in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, demonstrating that renewable generation continues to go from strength to strength in Scotland. “Scottish renewable electricity made up 32 per cent of the UK’s renewable energy generation in 2013 and we continue to be a net exporter of electricity. “Energy efficiencysits at the top of our energy hierarchy and the progress being made is welcome.
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