Thursday 20th December 2012 | 11:19
SNP: Scotland smashes through renewable energy target
SNP press release
A newly released report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change has confirmed that Scotland smashed through its renewable energy targets in 2011 and is on track to go even further.
The figures show that 36.3% of electricity consumption in Scotland in 2011 came from renewable sources, compared to an interim target of 31%. The SNP Government has introduced an ambitious target of generating the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020, with a further interim target of 50% by 2015.
The first three quarters of 2012 saw Scotland generate 15.2% more electricity than over the same period of 2011, suggesting that substantial further progress can be expected when figures for 2012 become available.
Commenting, SNP MSP Mike Mackenzie who sits on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee said:
“These figures show that in 2011 Scotland smashed through previous records for renewable electricity and more than met the ambitious targets the SNP Government set.
“That is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the substantial and growing strength of the renewable energy sector.
“All the signs point to 2012 being a year that saw Scotland achieve even more in the renewables field and set even more impressive records.
“Renewable energy is bringing thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of pounds of investment into Scotland. It is boosting local economies across the country at a time when every penny of investment is more critical than ever.
“The SNP Government has set hugely ambitious targets, but we are making fantastic progress towards meeting them.
“The rapid growth of the sector is an example of what Scotland can achieve when we put our minds to it and I am excited at the further growth that everyone expects to see in renewable energy in coming years.”