Scotland generates quarter of electricity from renewables

Second upbeat renewables report in as many days brings Christmas cheer to clean tech sector

Scotland is already generating more than a quarter of its electricity from renewable sources, according to new figures released this week that underline the country's position as one of Europe's leading clean tech hubs.

Statistics published yesterday show that renewables contributed to more than 27 per cent of Scotland's electricity use in 2009, as total electricity consumption decreased by four per cent.

The figures show that the amount of electricity from renewables increased by 20 per cent, while wind, wave and solar energy capacity rose by 37 per cent year on year.

The strong performance boosted exports, allowing Scotland to sell nearly a quarter of all the electricity it generated to the rest of the UK.


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