Friday November 28th 2014
Figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveal that wind and hydro power produced 10.3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in the first half of 2014, compared with 7.8TWh generated by Scotland’s nuclear power stations.
The new figures suggest that electricity generated from renewable energy has now overtaken nuclear energy as the main power source in Scotland.
Niall Stuart, chief executive of the industry body Scottish Renewables, commented: “This important milestone is good news for anyone who cares about Scotland’s economy, our energy security and our efforts to tackle climate change.
“Every unit of power generated from renewables means less carbon emitted from the burning of fossil fuels, decreases our reliance on imported energy and supports jobs and investment in communities across Scotland.”
Stuart added there is still “plenty of potential for further growth”.
“Offshore wind and marine energy are still in the early stages of development but could make a big contribution to our future energy needs if they get the right support from government,” he said.
“That support includes the delivery of grid connections to the islands, home to the UK’s very best wind, wave and tidal sites.”