SCOTLAND TO BEAT 2011 GREEN ENERGY TARGET
Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:19
MACDONALD HAILS NEW STATISTICS SHOWING 2011 WAS A RECORD BREAKER
Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed new figures showing Scotland will beat the 2011 renewables target.
Based on gross consumption in 2011 being similar to that in 2010, 35 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs came from renewables – beating the target of 31%.
The amount of renewable electricity generated in 2011 rose 45 per cent on 2010 to 13,750 Gigawatt hours.
At First Minister's Questions today, Alex Salmond said:
“I’m delighted to tell the chamber that figures this morning show that we have smashed the government’s target to meet 31% of Scotland’s electricity demands for renewables in 2011 by reaching no less than 35%.”
Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East and a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Energy Committee also welcomed the news saying:
“These figures show Scotland is well on its way to meeting its ambitious target of generating the equivalent of 100% of our electricity needs from renewables by 2020.
Our ambition is matched by our capability. Scotland had a record-breaking year in 2011, with wind and hydro generation both at a record high.
This report also demonstrated just how much the rest of the UK needs our energy, with Scotland meeting almost 40% of the UK’s renewables output last year.
Scotland’s renewable industries are in full flight, with £750m invested in the last year and £46 billion more in the pipeline.
This report builds on announcements this year from Gamesa creating around 800 new jobs at Leith, the Green Investment Bank being headquartered in Edinburgh and Samsung Heavy Industries basing its £100 million European offshore wind project in Methil, creating up to 500 jobs.
Our wealth of natural resources, combined with our scientific and engineering leadership, makes Scotland a genuine world leader in green energy.”