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Third of Scotland's electricity from renewables

The Scottish Government has announced that more than a third of Scottish electricity demand is coming from renewables.

The Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has welcomed new figures that demonstrate Scotland will beat the 2011 renewables target.

Statistics published show that the amount of renewable electricity generated in 2011 rose 45 per cent on 2010 to 13,750 Gigawatt hours (GWh)

Assuming gross consumption in 2011 is similar to 2010, that means around 35 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs came from renewables in 2011, beating the Scottish Government’s target of 31 per cent.

Statistics published today also show that:

  • Renewable electricity generation in Scotland in 2011 was a record high at 13,750 GWh - increasing 44.5 per cent on 2010, increasing 28.1 per cent on 2009 (the previous record year for renewables) and increasing 67.4 per cent on 2007
  • Wind generation in 2011 was at a record high of 7,049 GWh - up 45.0 per cent on 2010 (the previous record year for wind) and has more than doubled since 2007
  • Hydro generation in 2011 was at a record high of 5,310 GWh - up 62.6 per cent on 2010 (when output was reduced due to low rainfall), up 8.9 per cent on 2009 (the previous record year for hydro) and up 13.1 per cent on 2007
  • At the end of 2011, there was 4,796 Megawatts (MW) of installed renewables electricity capacity in Scotland, an increase of 9.5 per cent (416 MW) on the end of 2010

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “It’s official - 2011 was a record breaker, with enough green electricity being produced in Scotland to comfortably beat our interim target. And Scotland met almost 40 per cent of the UK’s renewables output in 2011, demonstrating just how much the rest of the UK needs our energy.”