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Scotland's renewable energy output increased by 45% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year.
UK government figures showed Scotland generated 4,590 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy in the first three months of 2012.
This was an increase of 1,435 GWh on the first quarter of 2011.
Scotland is aiming to generate the equivalent of 100% of its electricity needs from renewables by 2020.
Originally posted by RedGolem
The article does go on to mention that the nation does have great natural energy potential, such as wind.
As this reads it sounds like a great achievement for Scotland.
Electricity is actually projected to be the smallest component of Scotland’s energy demand (heat and transport energy being greater). This leads firstly to the conclusion that the focus of the nation’s energy policy on electricity is misplaced. Secondly, that even if Scotland’s electricity supply could be developed to source totally from renewables in a robust, secure and reliable manner, this would barely achieve the overall 2020 20% target.
However, it is important to recognise that if a larger contribution is to be achieved through renewables, there must be a readjustment to provide more of the proportion from on-demand, predictable resources like biomass and energy-from-waste. In this regard it is vital that the differences between ‘installed generation capacity’, measured in MW or GW, and the actual amount of electricity supplied from the installations in MWh or GWh is clearly understood.
Even if it were possible to resolve the technology and infrastructure issues in the short timeframe available to 2020, there are still major concerns in the engineering community regarding Scotland’s ability to provide the human resources needed to design, project-manage, install and commission the volume of equipment that will be required to meet such ambitious targets.
Originally posted by stumason
Indeed, well done Scotland!
This also shows that they can benefit from being in the Union, as this is in part down to increased funding from the UK Government..
Don't let the SNP know I said that though....
Again, good show Scotland
We are the world leader in tidal power (my favourite).
As I said in the post on the meaning of sustainability, it is as unlikely that a hundred 1% solutions will satisfy us as it is that we could strap enough gerbils together to make a serviceable pony. We need a few solid, scalable, reliable solutions to fall back on. And tidal is not one of those. It’s more like a decoration than a foundation. Let’s use it where we can, but I don’t want anybody sleeping better.
Scotland as a independent state WILL achieve 100% renewable energy.
However, Mr Mackay said: "There is absolutely no way we are going to get 100%. My best forecast is about 40% at the moment.
"At the moment about 80% of the electricity in Scotland is generated by two nuclear power stations, two coal-fired stations and the gas-fired power station at Peterhead.
"We will always need them for what's known as baseline load generation."
Mr Mackay said while fossil fuel-powered stations' contributions would fall, wind farms could not be depended upon for electricity use during peak times.
We will be able to reduce fuel duty, use our own oil and export the remaining. No need to buy it in like the UK does.
The 2003 UK Energy White Paper made ‘fuel poverty’ one of its four main policy objectives. However, rather than improving the situation, fuel poverty has actually worsened since 2003. The Scottish Government has pledged to ensure that by November 2016, so far as is reasonably practicable, people are not living in fuel poverty in Scotland.
The reality is that the fuel poverty rate in Scotland fell from 35.6% in 1996 to 13.4% in 2002. However from that point onwards, the rate has been steadily rising year-on-year to 32.7% of households in 2009 – almost back to the 1996 levels.
Excellent! A cleaner, greener Scotland if that were possible.
And as an English woman I applaud and welcome an independent Scotland.
The truth of the matter is that there are numerous days without significant winds across the UK, and when those conditions occur it doesn’t matter how much installed generating capacity we have, for it all goes off-line. A report from Denmark 2 indicates that the Danish ‘wind carpet’, which is the largest array of wind turbines in Europe, generated less than 1% of installed power on 54 days during 2002. That is more than one day every week of the year without electrical power.
It's time to thrive up there! England is a parasite now due to the corruption of parliament.