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Renewable Energy in Scotland - An Overview

The production of renewable energy in Scotland is an issue that has come to the fore in technical, economic, and political terms during the opening years of the 21st century. The natural resource base for renewables is extraordinary by European and even global standards. In addition to an existing installed capacity of 1.3 GW of hydro-electric schemes, Scotland has an estimated potential of 36.5 GW of wind and 7.5 GW of tidal power, 25% of the estimated total capacity for the EU, and up to 14 GW of wave power potential, 10% of EU capacity. Scotland's renewable electricity generating capacity may be 60 GW or more, perhaps ten times greater than the existing capacity from all Scottish fuel sources of 10.3 GW.

Much of this potential remains untapped, but continuing improvements in engineering are enabling more of the renewable resources to be utilised. Fears regarding "peak oil" and climate change have driven the subject high up the political agenda and Scotland currently has the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world. At the moment the finances of many projects are either speculative or dependent on subsidies, but as the impact and scale grows these imdustries should bcome self-financing.

Not all of Scotland's population are renewables enthusiasts however. Huge developments such as the Argyll Array situated in remote rural locations threaten the very fabric of communities as well as their landscapes.

Renewable Energy in Scotland - Links

Scottish Renewables Forum
The voice of the renewable energy industry in Scotland. Primarily a lobbying organisation representing companies and organisations working in the renewables with interests including biomass, hydro, marine and wind technologies.
Summary of Renewable Energy Projects in Scotland - 18 April 2011
A PDF summary from the Scottish Renewables database giving an overview of all renewable energy schemes in Scotland that are currently operating or in development.
The Power of Scotland Explained
A PDF document from FOE Scotland debunking the myths about renewable energy and the security of our energy supply in Scotland. It is based on the research of one of the UK’s leading energy consultants, Garrad Hassan.
Scotland's Renewables Potential - First Minister's Speech
Innovation and advances in green energy present a "pivotal turning point in human history". Scotland's First Minister urges private finance leaders to seize the multi-billion pound opportunities in renewable and low carbon technology.
Scottish Renewables Target Set At 80%
New research suggests that Scotland's renewable energy potential is bigger than thought. First Minister Alex Salmond has now announced that the government is setting a new target of 80% of electricity from renewables by 2020.
All-Energy Exhibition & Conference
This exhibition and conference in Aberdeen is UK's largest event devoted to all forms of clean and renewable energy. The tenth exhibition, All-Energy 2011, takes place at the AECC, Aberdeen, 18-19 May 2011
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