This means that the Scot-Govt. target of generating half of Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2015 has been met and exceeded.
Renewable sources of electricity generation in 2015 were up 14 per cent on 2014 and are again the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland at a record 42 per cent of Scotland’s total output (including exports) – higher than both nuclear (35 per cent) and fossil fuels (22 per cent), statistics published today have revealed.
Scotland continued to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting 29 per cent of all electricity generation in 2015, while Scotland’s renewable generation made up approximately 26 per cent of the total UK renewable output in 2015.
Commenting on the figures, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “With more than three quarters of Scotland’s energy generation coming from low carbon sources – with nuclear and renewables generating similar amounts, and an additional 11% from established hydro schemes – Scotland’s power mix demonstrates how carbon emissions can be reduced while maintaining a reliable and secure power supply for homes, business and public services.
“The challenge of decarbonising our power supply needs the continued use of a mix of technologies that can utilise established hydro, benefit from nuclear baseload and offset the intermittency of wind and solar.
“Nuclear power has been an important part of Scotland’s low carbon generation mix since for decades, and provides a greater proportion of power in Scotland than in the whole of the UK (35% in Scotland, compared to 21% across the UK).
“If we are to keep to our emissions low, and avoid the German experience of increased carbon intensity of power, then the combined benefit of intermittent renewables, established hydro and baseload nuclear will be required for the future.”