|22 December 2015|
Renewables are now Scotland’s biggest electricity generator for the first time.
New figures released today show renewables provide a record 38% of total output – higher than both nuclear (33%) and fossil fuels (28%).
Renewable sources delivered 49.7% of gross electricity consumption in 2014 – up from 44.4% in 2013. This means that the 2015 50% renewable electricity target has almost been met one year ahead of schedule.
Scottish renewable generation made up approximately 29% of the total UK renewable output in 2014. Scotland continued to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting 23.7% of generation in 2014.
Welcoming the figures, energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “The historic agreement reached at the global climate change summit in Paris earlier this month sends a signal of certainty about the global economy’s low carbon future, in the same way as Scotland did through our world-leading climate legislation in 2009.
“Today’s figures show that Scotland’s renewables sector is stronger than ever and our early adoption of clean, green energy technology and infrastructure was the right thing to do. It is fantastic news that renewables are now Scotland’s biggest electricity generator, and that nearly half of gross electricity consumption comes from renewables.
“Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government, we will continue to harness – and bolster – Scotland’s renewables potential, both in generation and infrastructure. At the end of Q3 2015, there was 7,504 MW of installed renewables electricity capacity in Scotland, an increase of 4.6% over the year.
“Devolved administrations, like the Scottish Government, will be strong drivers of a progressive climate agenda. Today’s figures show that a low carbon economy is not just a practical way forward, but that green energy plays a crucial role in the security of Scotland’s energy supply. ”