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The WWF urges Scotland to make greater use of renewable energy potential 13th June

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WWF Scotland has raised calls for the Scottish Government to take greater action on the use of Scotland’s renewable energy resources.

The upcoming governmental review of Scotland’s energy strategy must set out plans to be powered by 100% renewable energy says WWF Scotland, as it releases its own analysis of the country’s solar and wind power data provided by WeatherEnergy.

Scottish homes fitted with solar PV panels were able to generate 100% of the electricity needed in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Homes which were fitted with solar hot water panels were able to generate 100% of an average household’s hot water needs in Aberdeen and Dundee, 98% in Inverness, 97% in Edinburgh, and 94% in Glasgow.

Wind energy generated 692,896MWh of electricity to the National Grid, which on average would supply the electricity needs of 76% of Scottish households, or around 1.8 million homes. Scottish wind power produced enough electricity in May for 36% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the month.

Lang Banks, WWF Scotland’s director said “These figures underline the fantastic progress Scotland has made on harnessing renewables, especially to generate electricity. However, with less than 13 per cent of our total energy needs coming from renewable sources, it’s now time to widen our attention on de-carbonising our economy beyond just our power sector.

“That’s why the forthcoming review of Scotland’s energy strategy must set a target of meeting at least half of all our energy needs from renewables by 2030. In the same way Ministers helped drive forward progress in renewable electricity through targets, setting higher ambition for covering all of our energy needs would help give clarity about the transition and the greater certainty to investors.”

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