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Energy - Renewable Energy

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Renewable Energy

Renewable sources of energy can provide a sustainable means of generating the energy we need. Scotland particularly has huge potential for renewable energy due to its geology and climate. The Scottish Government has set a National Indicator for the amount of electricity generated annually through renewable sources as a percentage of gross annual consumption to increase to 100% by 2020.  The interim target of 31% by 2011 has now been met and a new interim target of 50% by 2015 has been set.

This indicator helps monitor the extent to which Scottish electricity consumption can be met sustainably using renewable sources located both within Scotland and its coastal waters. The indicator equates the amount of electricity from renewables generated in Scotland annually as a percentage of Scottish gross annual consumption (electricity generated minus net exports (but including losses)).

The amount of electricity generated by renewables in Scotland has more than trebled since 2000. In 2013, the amount of electricity generated in Scotland by renewable sources equated to 44.4% of the gross annual consumption of electricity in Scotland, compared with 12.2% in 2000.

electricity generated by renewables

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Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)


(1) Hydro excludes electricity generated from hydro - pumped storage

(2) Other biofuels includes biofuels co-fired with fossil fuels

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