Friday, 25 September 2021 09:31

Renewables electricity generation up 13.5% in one year

Renewables electricity generation up 13.5% in one year

A record amount of Scotland’s electricity was generated from renewables in the first half of 2015, according to new statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Electricity generation over the first six months of the year was 13.5% higher than the same period in 2014.

In Q2 2015, Scotland generated 4,832 GWh of renewable electricity, an increase of 37.3% on the same quarter in 2014, while wind and hydro power increased by 52.5% and 27% respectively.

At the end of Q2, there was 7,444 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in Scotland, an annual increase of 5.5%.

The Scottish Government had a target to reduce energy consumption by 12% by 2020, however it was already at the required level in 2013 – seven years early.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland continues to make good progress on renewable electricity generation and annually we are now producing double the amount we did in 2006.

“Scotland has made great progress in increasing the amount of clean, green electricity in our energy mix. However we are very concerned that the damaging and premature cuts to support for renewable energy being driven through by the UK Government will hamper future progress.

“If they are going to pursue this policy there should be a sufficiently flexible grace period covering projects already in the planning system. This flexibility would ensure companies and communities are not penalised unfairly by the UK Government policy change where they have already invested.”

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