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Sunny and Windy September prompts surge in Scottish Renewables - 12th Oct

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September’s energy breakdown shows that the wind generated enough power to supply 100% or more of Scottish homes on 5 out of the 30 days and overall produced 28% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs.

Latest figures from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for renewable energy generation in 2014 revealed that 49.6% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources in Scotland last year - an increase from 44.4% in 2013 – which means Scotland hit its 50% renewable electricity target a year ahead of schedule.

Despite this, more needs to be done, the Scottish Government has set a target for 11% of non-electrical heat demand to come from renewable sources by 2020 – currently only 3% of heating demand comes from renewable.

Scotland’s renewable energy figures come in the same week that a new report from RenewableUK underlined the multiple benefits of wind energy across the UK. The wind energy industry drove £1.25bn of investment into Britain's economy last year, employing 30,500 people, according to the report.

Another report released this week, from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, concluded that new onshore windfarms are now the cheapest way for a power company to produce electricity in Britain, with costs dropping to around £55 per MWh compared with the current costs of about $115 for constructing coal or gas-fired plants.

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