Speaking to the members of the Assembly and reported in the Irish Times, Professor Andy Kerr of Edinburgh University’s School of Geosciences, made the following points:
- The Scottish Government set a target for 500MW of locally owned energy generation facilities across Scotland by 2020. Having already met it, it is resetting this target at 1,000MW (1GW) of installed capacity.
- Scotland seems certain to be able to meet all of its electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020
- Scotland hit its 2020 emission targets five years early
- Scotland has gone from delivering 10% to 60% per cent of its electricity consumption from renewables in 15 years.
- The Scottish Government had set the most ambitious renewable targets possible. Instead of the UK goal of having CO2 emissions 32% lower than they were in 1990, the SNP set a target of 42%.
- Scotland has given grants to local communities which allowed them to take an equity share in developments thus reducing objections.
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