68.1% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption was met by renewables in 2017. The Scottish Government target of 50% by 2015, has been met and the 2020 target is 100%. With new projects still to come online or to be constructed, the target looks a safe bet.
With only Iceland and Norway ahead of them, Scotland leads comparable countries such as Sweden with 53.8% and Finland with 38.7%. The UK and Ireland have less than 9% while the USA’s figure is 15.6%.
There are problems in comparisons in that some countries export and others export renewable energy, but these statistics suggest Scotland is in 3rd place for providing its own electricity.
The above is based on Scottish government figures and on Eurostat figures reported in the Independent yesterday:
Further detail from the Scottish Government makes interesting reading:
- At the end of Q4 2017 a record, 10GW of installed renewables electricity capacity was operational in Scotland, a 13% increase over the year from Q4 2016
- In 2017, wind generation increased by 34% and hydro by 9%
- Renewable electricity generation in Q4 of 2017 in Scotland increased by 45% from the same time last year (Q4 2016)
The Independent summed it up this way:
‘It is believed the new statistics make Scotland one of the world’s top countries for providing its own electricity by sources avoiding fossil fuels, which accelerate climate change when burnt.’
Remember Caroline flint’s claim, in 2014, that England keeps the lights on in Scotland with subsidies for our renewables sector? She conveniently forgot about Scots subsidising nuclear plants in England. Anyhow, four years later, much has changed. See: