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Scotland’s renewable electricity generation on track for record year – 2nd October

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UK Government statistics have revealed Scottish renewable electricity output for the first half of 2017 to be 17% greater than the same period in 2016.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Business Minister, said “Today’s statistics show that Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, and that our renewable energy sector is stronger than ever. This reflects our commitment to clean, green energy building, and we will continue to support the renewable energy sector in Scotland”.

As Scotland aim for 50% of total energy needs to be met by renewable sources by 2030, these figures show a remarkable step towards achieving this, with success to date coming in the form of wind and tidal generation.

Jenny Hogan, Scottish Renewables deputy chief executive, said “the future for Scotland’s renewable energy industry, with the right support from Government, is bright”, adding “we are harnessing our natural resources – in effect our notoriously bad weather – to produce clean energy which is powering our economy and helping reduce the amount of carbon emitted by our power sector”.

These positive figures for Scottish renewables contribute to the figures showing that UK electricity generation for Q2 2017 using low-carbon sources reached a record high 53.4% share.

Falling energy consumption, record low levels of coal output and record high levels of renewable generation contributed to the statistics – with wind specifically contributing to 29.8% of the energy mix.

Furthering the UK clean energy drive, the Welsh Government have revealed plans to achieve 70% of electricity through renewable generation. Renewable electricity generation has trebled since 2010, however the ambitious plans have been called “stretching but realistic” by Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Environment Cabinet Secretary, in a move which will help drive the UK towards going fossil free.

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