Scotland’s Renewable Energy Generation On The Rise

29/12/2009 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

Scotland continues to generate more renewable energy than ever before.

Statistics published today show that in 2008, renewables could meet 22 per cent of Scottish electricity needs.

Other findings show that in 2008:

  • Electricity generated in Scotland increased by four per cent to 49,911 gigawatt hours (GWh)
  • 18 per cent of electricity was exported (9,000 GWh)
  • Renewables met 22 per cent of Scottish electricity demand
  • There was a nine per cent increase in the amount of electricity from renewables (8.900 GWh). The element of renewables that is wind, wave and solar (mainly wind) increased by 26 per cent
  • Renewables from Scotland accounted for 42 pent of UK renewable output

Energy Minister Jim Mather said:

“Scotland’s energy advantage is in developing the full range of renewable energy sources to create thousands of long term jobs, reduce emissions and meet our energy needs many times over.

“The rapid development of renewables is a tangible example of our fight against climate change and we are working to become an international leader in turning alternative energy technologies into the main energy technologies of the future.

“I am pleased to see renewables go from strength to strength and generate more energy than ever before – renewables is now a vibrant energy sector that makes a significant contribution to sustainable economic growth.

“We are already on track to exceed our target of 31 per cent of electricity demand from renewables by 2011. Further developments this year, such as the extension of Europe’s largest wind farm at Whitelee, will make their own contributions in years to come.

“While we witness continued progress in electricity, we are working to boost the use of renewables in heating through our Renewable Heat Action Plan and a new grant scheme for biomass heating.”

The Scottish Government’s target is to meet 50 per cent of electricity demand from renewables by 2020. There is 6.5 gigawatts of renewables capacity installed, consented or under construction around Scotland, set to take Scotland beyond the interim target of 31 per cent of Scotland’s electricity demand from renewables by 2011.

The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit is currently processing 36 applications (24 onshore wind, 11 hydro and one thermal), amounting to 2.7 GW.

The Scottish Government has determined 32 energy applications, including approval for 27 renewable and one non-renewable project since May 2007 – more determinations than over the whole of the previous four years, in which 19 projects were determined.

Source: http://thegovmonitor.com/world_news/britain/scotlands-renewable-energy-generation-on-the-rise-19630.html

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