Half the energy in Scotland is renewable
About half of Scotland’s power sources are now green. That comes from the bad weather. Still, some of the renewable heat technologies are unreachable, as the industry group Scottish Renewables reports.
The latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says that renewables reached a milestone. That means the use of electricity has come from 46.4% in the last year, evolving from 39.9% a year before. The Scottish Government believes their country will succeed with its target of 50% until next year, and 100% will be reached in 2020.
The recent growth is possible thanks to hydro-electricity generation growing by 50% thanks to the high rainfall. Wind power also increased by 20%.
Still, the DECC’s figures also say that just three per cent of the country’s warmth is due to “renewable heat” – biomass, solar thermal panels, energy from waste and heat pumps – in 2012. Evolving from 2% in 2012. The target is 11% until 2020, but this domain has been left behind, as Stephanie Clark Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables says: “While Scotland has made great strides towards its 100 per cent 2020 renewable electricity target, our objective of generating 11 per cent of heat from renewables remains worryingly out of reach. Renewable heat has been left behind.
“Half the energy we use goes on creating warmth, but a sector which has such an important role to play in combating climate change and reducing fuel poverty is not even considered important enough to be included as one of the Scottish Government’s National Indicators of progress.
A different study tells us that Scotland’s final energy consumption went down by two per cent in 2012 and was 11 per cent down on the average over the years 2005-2007.
As far as wind is concerned, the energy will grow with 2,451 onshore turbines currently operational, 416 being built and a further 1,435 already consented, as Renewable UK’s Wind Energy Database shows.
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