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05/04/2018

Scotland sees year-on-year increases in renewable electricity generation

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Recently published figures on Scotland’s renewable energy sector for 2017 suggest that renewable electricity generation increased by 26 per cent compared with 2016.

It is estimated that the equivalent of 68.1 per cent of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources, an increase of 14.1 percentage points from 54 per cent in 2016.

The figures, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) indicate that this is 45 percentage points more than the equivalent figure for the rest of the UK.

By the end of Q4 in 2017, there was 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed renewable electricity in Scotland – a record, according to the figures. This is 13 per cent higher than Q4 in 2016.

Wind generation saw a year-on-year increase of 34 per cent, while hydro generation was up by 9 per cent.

Q4 in 2017 saw an increase of 45 per cent in renewable electricity generation compared with the same period in 2016.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said the figures show Scotland’s renewable energy sector is “stronger than ever” and has a “strong” pipeline of projects still to be constructed.

“Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government that will soon come into full effect, we continue to harness, galvanise and support Scotland’s renewables potential, both in generation and infrastructure.

"Scotland's Energy Strategy recognises and builds on our achievements to date and on our country's capacity for innovation. Renewable energy will play a hugely significant role in powering Scotland's future and through the strategy we want to ensure the correct strategic decisions are taken to support this much-valued sector of Scotland’s economy as it goes from strength to strength."

For the UK as a whole, renewable electricity generation in 2017 increased by 18.8 per cent compared with 2016, largely because of increased capacity and higher wind speeds, the report states.

The share of electricity generation for renewable energy was a record 29.4 per cent, an increase of 4.9 percentage points compared with 2016.

Renewable electricity capacity was 40.5 GW at the end of 2017, a 13.3 per cent year-on-year increase. This is a result of increased onshore and offshore wind, and solar photovoltaic capacity.

In Q4 of 2017, renewable energy’s share of electricity generation was 30.2 per cent, an increase of 8.2 percentage points compared with Q4 of 2016.

Renewable Electricity Capacity Generation can be found on the UK Government website.

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