Record breaking renewable electricity generation in 2012

Renewables met 36.3 per cent of Scots electricity consumption in 2011

New figures for the first three quarters of 2012 show Scotland’s renewable electricity output was on track for the best year ever.

The figures, which were released yesterday morning by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, point to 2012 being a record year for renewable electricity generation in Scotland, with the first three quarters of 2012 generating 15.2 per cent more electricity than the same period in 2011, the previous record breaking year.

The statistics show that renewables met 36.3 per cent of gross electricity consumption in 2011, confirming that Scotland has exceeded its interim target of generating the equivalent of 31 per cent of electricity demand from renewables by 2011. This is important progress towards the Government’s 2020 target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs met from renewable energy, as well as more from other sources.

Scottish renewable electricity made up 39.9 per cent of the UK’s renewable energy generation in 2011. Scotland continues to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting over 26 per cent of generation in 2011, up from 21 per cent in 2010. 
The figures also show that final energy consumption figures are 6.2 per cent lower than the 2005-7 baseline. This indicates that Scotland is on track to meet the 2020 final energy reduction target of 12 per cent by 2020.

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