The figures, which were released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, show that renewable electricity energy delivered a record-breaking 46% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2013, confirming Scotland is on track to meet its interim target of 50% by 2015. This is important progress towards the Government’s 2020 target to meet the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s electricity needs met from renewable electricity.
Renewable energy generated by wind was also at a record high in 2013, up to 36% on the previous year.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:
“These figures show that renewable electricity in Scotland is going from strength to strength, showing that 2013 was a record year for renewable generation in Scotland. Scottish renewable generation made up approximately 32% of total UK renewable generation in 2013 – showing that Scotland has some of the best natural resources.
“The Scottish Government’s target is to generate the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020, as part of a wider, balanced, energy mix. These figures show that renewable generation in Scotland was at a record high last year, meeting around 46% of our electricity demand, and helping keep the lights on across these islands at a time when Ofgem are warning of the ever tightening gap between peak electricity demand and electricity supply.
“Investment in Scottish renewable energy continues to grow. Between January 2010 and April 2013, the industry announced £13.1 billion of investment and over 9,000 associated jobs. Scotland leads the world in the development of marine energy technologies. There are more different wave and tidal power devices being developed and tested in Scotland than there are in any other country in the world.
“Independence will allow Scotland to pursue the opportunity to maximise the benefits from our energy wealth, including our potential for further developments in renewable energy. We can build on our existing success in this area and work to encourage the development of a wide range of renewable technologies, which will help enhance a reliable and secure energy supply and help Scotland meet its ambitious climate change targets.
“Our support for renewable generation, combined with energy efficiency measures, will help protect Scotland’s consumers by keeping energy prices down in the long term.”