68.1% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption was met by renewables in 2017.
Now in the first three months of 2018, alone, we hear from CNBC.com:
‘Onshore wind turbines in Scotland sent more than 5 million megawatt hours of electricity to the National Grid in the first quarter of 2018, analysis has shown. WWF Scotland said in an announcement Monday that the figure represented an increase of 44 percent compared to the same period in 2017. The analysis comes off the back of data released at the end of March which showed that renewable electricity generation in Scotland grew by 26 percent in 2017. Wind generation in Scotland increased by 34 percent, while hydro was up 9 percent.’
So, only 3 months into 2018 we see signs that the pace of growth is accelerating toward the 100% target before 2020. The 2017 figure was a 26% increase on 2016 and the 2016 figure was a 14% increase on 2015. Wind generation had, on its own, increased by 34% in 2017 so the 44% increase, from the 2017, January to March, figure to that in 2018, suggests an even faster accelerating trend in this form of generation.