Renewables overtake nuclear energy generation

The progress that has been made in the rollout of renewable energy in Scotland has been hailed today as renewable energy overtook nuclear to become Scotland’s largest source of energy for the first time.

In the first half of 2013 renewable energy accounted for 10.3 terrawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity generated in Scotland, compared to 7.8 TWh generated by nuclear energy over the same period. A further 5.6 TWh came from coal-fired stations and 1.4 TWh from gas-fired stations.

The SNP Government has set an ambitious target of generating the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020.

Commenting, SNP MSP Mike MacKenzie said:

“This is a major milestone for Scotland as renewable energy has overtaken nuclear for the first time to become Scotland’s largest source of electricity.

“It underlines the incredible progress that has been made in recent years in developing Scotland’s renewables industry as we move closer to the ambitious targets the Scottish Government has set.

“Renewable energy brings jobs and investment to communities across Scotland and is a hugely important industry to Scotland’s economy.

“Scotland has made strong progress, but we still have some way to go and if our renewables sector is to continue to thrive, it is vital that the right package of support for renewables is maintained following the introduction of electricity market reform.

“The Scottish Government recognises that and I know they will continue to make that case to the Westminster Government.”