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Energy - Renewable Energy

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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 to deliver the equivalent of 100% of gross consumption through renewable sources in 2020, with an interim target of 50% by 2015.

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 2014, the amount of electricity generated in Scotland by renewable sources equated to 49.7% of the gross annual consumption of electricity in Scotland, compared with 12.2% in 2000.

Electricity generated by renewables and as a percentage of gross consumption, 2000 to 2014

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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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