Renewables match fossil-fuels for first time with 32% share apiece of Scottish electricity generation

Fossil fuels and renewablesFor the first time, electricity generated from renewables in Scotland has amounted to the same as for fossil fuels.

Final figures for 2013 released yesterday by the UK Department of Energy (DECC) show that renewables and fossil fuels both accounted for 32% of total electricity generated in Scotland.

Scotland also continues to be a net exporter of electricity – exporting a record 28% of generation in 2013, up from 26% in 2012.

When taking the electricity exported into consideration, renewable sources of electricity accounted for 44.4%t of Scotland’s electricity consumption in 2013 – up from 38.8% in 2012.

The statistics also show that Scotland’s renewable electricity generation in the first three quarters of 2014 was 21% higher compared to same period in 2013. This overall increase is primarily due to a 39% increase in hydro generation and a 13% increase in wind output.

Fergus Ewing, MSP
Fergus Ewing, MSP

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing commented: “Renewable generation continues to go from strength to strength in Scotland – now matching fossil fuels for the first time.

The figures show 2013 was another record breaking year for renewables and we continue to be on track to do the same in 2014. We remain on track for our targets of 50% of demand by 2015 and 100% by 2020.

“Harnessing Scotland’s vast energy wealth has multiple benefits – reducing our carbon emissions, creating jobs and investment and improving the energy security of Scotland and the rest of the UK. And of course communities the length and breadth of Scotland are also benefitting from millions of pounds of community benefit funding.

“We are committed to making Scotland a leading low carbon investment destination, delivering growth from the growing low carbon sector and ensuring communities across Scotland can benefit from the opportunities that the transition to a low carbon economy brings.

The Scottish Government has made its energy policy a top priority and has achieved great progress, despite being limited in terms of its devolved responsibilities. We look forward to proposals for more powers encompassing the necessary levers to deliver Scottish priorities.”

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