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Energy - Renewable Energy

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday, December 22, 2016

Renewable Energy

Renewable sources of energy can provide a sustainable means of generating the energy we need. Scotland particularly has huge potential for renewable energy due to its geology and climate. The Scottish Government has set a National Indicator to deliver the equivalent of 100% of gross consumption through renewable sources in 2020 – meeting the interim target of 50% by 2015.

This indicator helps monitor the extent to which Scottish electricity consumption can be met sustainably using renewable sources located both within Scotland and its coastal waters. The indicator equates the amount of electricity from renewables generated in Scotland annually as a percentage of Scottish gross annual consumption (electricity generated minus net exports (but including losses)).

The amount of electricity generated by renewables in Scotland has increased fourfold since 2000. In 2015, the amount of electricity generated in Scotland by renewable sources equated to 59.4% of the gross annual consumption of electricity in Scotland, compared with 12.2% in 2000.

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Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)


(1) Hydro excludes electricity generated from hydro - pumped storage

(2) Other biofuels includes biofuels co-fired with fossil fuels

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