Scotland’s renewable electricity production has reached record-high levels

24/12/2013 12:19 Renewable

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According to the figures published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change( DECC), last year, renewables met a record-breaking 40.3% of gross electricity consumption, increasing in comparison to 36.3% in 2011 and 24.1% in 2010, confirming the Scottish Government believes that it is on course for half of electricity use to come from renewable sources by 2015, an interim target ahead of the goal of having the sector generate the equivalent of 100% of the country's electricity needs by 2020.

Scottish renewable electricity provided 36 per cent of the UK’s renewable energy generation in 2012. Scotland continues to produce more energy than it uses, with more than 26% of electricity generated here last year being exported, figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change showed. Nuclear power provided 34.4% of electricity generated in Scotland in 2012, while about 30% came from renewables, 24.9% came from coal, 8% from gas and 2.8% from oil and other sources.

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