Scotland rushing toward 100% electricity supply from renewables by 2020


In 2016, 54% of our gross electricity demand was met by renewables from a total capacity of 8 662MWh or 8.6GWh (see graph above). That suggests our total demand is typically no more than 17 000MWh or 1.7GWh though this is falling. It fell by 15.4% to 2014 against a target fall of 12% by 2020. This is at least in part due to home improvements with 92% of Scottish homes now having at least 100mm of loft insulation installed.


Current supply (September 2017) is 9.7GWh and is projected to reach 21.3GWh before 2020 (see graph above). This suggests oversupply of at least 5GWh which can be exported. Though a relatively modest figure, it can be added to the overall energy exports from Scotland. 73% of all primary energy worth £16 billion is exported to rUK and beyond.

Remember ‘exports’ of energy to rUk are not included in Scotland’s already healthy, and unique in the UK, trade surplus figure.

Also, remember, the Herrod newspaper, in 2015, publishing this below?

‘Only those of a certain age can now remember candle-lit nights of the 1970s, so it is not surprising that Scots are complacent about “security of supply” – the assumption that the lights will always respond to a flick of the switch. That complacency may be set to change, at least to the extent that we may need to start thinking about importing power to keep the lights on

Stop it, my sides hurt!



9 thoughts on “Scotland rushing toward 100% electricity supply from renewables by 2020

  1. Clydebuilt December 22, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Sad to be the bearer of bad news . . . . Clyde Space has been sold to a Swedish company for £26m, seems a paltry sum for a country to loose control of such a company in an industry with a great future. Apparently the founder will receive £8m plus shares, and is to stay on at the company. Gutted!

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      • gavin December 22, 2017 / 3:40 pm

        Same story through out the 20th century. A branch factory, then no factory. We sell our children’s future for a pittance.

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      • Clydebuilt December 22, 2017 / 10:41 pm

        Dunno . . . We’re the Scottish Gov informed about this . ..Trying to be positive . . . Maybe Craig Clark will start up some new venture. . . Surely he didn’t get rid of just for money

        . . . As I understand it VW is not allowed to be sold to a non German purchaser. . .

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  2. macgilleleabhar December 22, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    The EU is fast tracking a new cable installation from France to the Republic of Ireland to nullify the Republic’s dependence on power from mainland Britain.
    That is interesting as in the future a “Ring Main” could be built linking Eire to( The Republic of?) Scotland and thereby to Norway improving reliability of supply.
    The opportunities of independence are boundless.

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  3. Jon Southerington December 22, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    The future’s out there. We just have to reach for it.

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  4. gavin December 22, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    John, you have the Typo of the Year, right there. “THE HERROD NEWSPAPER”. So accurate it hurts!

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