Despite Westminster cuts Scottish renewables electricity generation soars 17% to 88% of annual requirement

 From Energy Voice yesterday:

‘Scottish renewable energy hits ‘record generation’ in 2019. Electricity from renewable energy generation in Scotland has reached record levels in the first quarter of 2019, new figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has shown. According to BEIS, in the first quarter of 2019 renewable generation in Scotland was 8,877 gigawatts (GW) – enough to power around 88% of Scottish households for a year. The figure is an increase in generation of 17% on the same quarter in 2018.’

Though reducing the support for this, Westminster has of course been pleased to use it to falsely claim success in achieving their renewable power targets:

8% of the population but 20% of the electricity production: How Scotland subsidises Britain’s green power ‘achievement’

There’s no mention of electricity transfers from Scotland to rUK in this Guardian report on a ‘landmark’ achievement by Britain, yesterday, but the scale of those is massive and increasing as Scotland generates more and more electricity from renewables. We…

83% Increase in Electricity Transfers FROM Scotland TO England & Wales missed by our NoMedia

These UK Government figures, released two days ago, reveal the massive and increasing level of transfer of electricity from Scotland to England. In 2018 only, the transfer rate increased from 13 512 GWh to nearly 25 000 GWh. 1 GWh…

8% of the population but 28.5% of the wind-powered electricity

The UK as a whole generates up to 20 000 MW with wind power, on a good day, on and offshore. Scotland generates up 5 700 MW. I suspect Scotland does it more reliably due to more windy days but…



3 thoughts on “Despite Westminster cuts Scottish renewables electricity generation soars 17% to 88% of annual requirement

  1. Ludo Thierry June 28, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    SNP Scottish Govt also well on way to delivering on target of improving energy efficiency in Scottish Social Housing. Link and snippets from below:

    Low income households are saving on their fuel bills as a result of improved energy efficiency measures in their homes.

    In 2014 the Scottish Government set the first energy efficiency standard for social housing, to be achieved by 2020, and 80% of social rented homes are already compliant.

    A new standard, launched today, will build on this success and sets an even higher standard of energy efficiency for social housing to meet by 2032.

    • A second round of the Decarbonisation Fund (£3.5 million) was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on 12 June

    • The fund is now open for applications from social landlords, enabling investment in projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce a building’s carbon footprint

    • The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS): delivery report 2017-2018 shows that more than 15,500 households were assisted in 2017-18 through the HEEPS programmes. It also reports annual CO2 savings of 17,200 tonnes and fuel bill savings of more than £4.6 million

    • The Scottish Government’s HEEPS Programme has announced £17.6 million of available loan funding to help householders make their homes more energy efficient

    • By the end of 2021, the Scottish Government will have allocated more than £1 billion since 2009 to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency – making homes warmer and cheaper to heat


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