Record year for Scottish renewables generation

New figures demonstrate renewable electricity generation in Scotland in 2017 increased by 26% on last year, and 14% on the previous record year in 2015, making 2017 a record year for renewable electricity generation and for the first time ever Scotland has more than 10GW of installed renewable capacity.

The latest figures show that in 2017, it is estimated that the equivalent of 68.1% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources, up 14.1 percentage points from 54% in 2016. This is 45 percentage points more than the equivalent figure for the rest of the UK.

The latest figures, published today also show:

  • At the end of Q4 2017 a record, 10GW of installed renewables electricity capacity was operational in Scotland, a 13% increase over the year from Q4 2016
  • In 2017, wind generation increased by 34% and hydro by 9%
  • Renewable electricity generation in Q4 of 2017 in Scotland increased by 45% from the same time last year (Q4 2016)

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse welcomed these figures saying:

“These figures show that Scotland’s renewable energy sector is stronger than ever and has a strong pipeline of further projects still to be constructed.

“Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government that will soon come into full effect, we continue to harness, galvanize 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.”

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4 thoughts on “Record year for Scottish renewables generation

  1. bringiton

    I have no doubt that Westminster will attempt to create a “level playing field” with our renewables to ensure that it is on a par with their hugely expensive nuclear generated offerings.
    Tarrifs based on distance from market will continue to be used to achieve that end.
    When is a level playing field not a level playing field?
    When Westminster says it is.

  2. gregor

    Scotland is very lucky to have one of the best renewable energy potentials in the world.

    If Scotland had full control over itself, we could make the most of our potential (and even have a clean energy surplus).

  3. Robert Graham

    The Tory party and its government will soon put an end to that little success story , this must have slipped through the net ,we can’t have a endless stream of previously successfull businesses closing down in England , and the uppity Jocks doing well , that’s just not cricket is it .
    Heads will roll Just not Fluffys , because no one can find him , he seems to have acquired the same trick as Davidson a cloak of invisibility and our BBC can’t be arsed looking for him , just as they always fail to confront Davidson .

  4. millie

    O/T

    RE : Pinneys Fish factory closure Dumfriesshire.

    Have these 450 jobs been sacrificed to prevent job losses in Grimsby?

    Timeline

    28 March – Five Star Fish factory set to close – with the loss of hundreds of jobs (Grimsby).

    Link –

    https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/updates-five-star-fish-factory-1394983

    28 March – Young’s Seafood set to step in to save jobs at Five Star Fish (Grimsby).

    Link –

    https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/five-star-fish-youngs-seafood-1396868

    Today – Young’s (Grimsby) announce 200 jobs boom as it secures M&S contract.

    Link –

    https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/youngs-announces-200-jobs-boom-1413940

    Today – 450 jobs to go at Annan factory Pinneys Dumfriesshire – owned by Young’s Seafood.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-43632100

    Opposition politicians want the Scottish Government to step in – where is Mundell? – Strange one this. Surely Mundell would have been consulted?

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