(c) Fraser of Allander Inst
From the Scottish Business News Network today:
‘Provisional annual statistics for 2017 show that renewable electricity generation was 25,166 GWh in 2017 – up 27% on 2016 and up 19% on 2015. This makes 2017 a record year for renewable generation with the equivalent of an estimated 69% of Scotland’s electricity consumption being met from renewables. In 2017, Scottish renewable generation made up approximately 25% of total UK renewable generation and approximately 69% of Scotland’s electricity consumption came from renewables in 2017 – up 15.0 percentage points from previous year.’
Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish energy minister, in Energy Voice, said:
‘These figures show that Scotland’s renewable energy sector is stronger than ever with almost exactly 1GW of new capacity installed since Q1 2017 and a strong pipeline of further projects still to be constructed. I am delighted that the equivalent of an estimated 69% of Scotland’s electricity consumption was met from renewables in 2017. Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government that will soon come into full effect, we continue to harness, galvanize and support Scotland’s renewables potential, both in generation and infrastructure, with renewable electricity capacity in Scotland reaching 10.4GW in Q1 this year.’
BBC Scotland seems to have missed this news.
Other 8% stories:
8% of the population but 11.8% of the charitable donations – ‘punching above our weight?’
8% of the population, nearly 9% of the exports but only 5.25% of the imports
Return of the meme? Only 8% of the population but Scotland has 21.7% of all independent renewable projects in the UK
Still 8% of the population but now 30% of UK food and drink exports?
8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?
With only 8% of the population, Scotland’s maritime sector accounts for 25% of the UK maritime sector’s (GVA) contribution to the economy and is 17.5% more productive than the UK marine oil and gas sector. Once more, too wee, too poor?
Once again, it’s the ‘8% of the UK population but much more of something good’ meme. This time it’s 33% of employee-owned firms in the UK