Scotland has massive green energy potential - from our vast natural resources of a quarter of Europe's tidal and offshore wind potential and a tenth of its wave power, to the legacy of Scotland's traditional energy industries. That's why we have set an ambitious target for the equivalent of all of Scotland's electricity needs to come from renewables by 2020, one of the most demanding anywhere in world. A target that is necessary to reindustrialise Scotland through 21 st century technologies and seize the opportunities to create tens of thousands of new jobs and secure billions of pounds of investment in our economy.
Our record is good. Over a quarter of Scotland's electricity needs already come from renewables - and projects in operation, under construction or consented would provide around 50% of our electricity needs. Renewable heating uptake has doubled in the last year. But we need to go faster and further. The Renewables Routemap sets out how our target will be met through deploying all forms of renewable technologies, onshore and offshore, from the Borders to Barra to Banff - and beyond. The research and development, design, construction and servicing of these new technologies will create thousands of highly skilled jobs, give investors the confidence to continue to invest and give Scotland a sustainable, energy secure future.
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism