UK needs Scotland’s renewable energy, says Fergus Ewing

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the UK will need Scotland’s renewable energy “whatever the constitutional future holds”. He claimed the nations will be much poorer if we don’t make […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the UK will need Scotland’s renewable energy “whatever the constitutional future holds”. He claimed the nations will be much poorer if we don’t make the most of the “renewable energy revolution”.

He told the UK Parliament’s Committee on Energy and Climate Change that Scotland’s 100% target of electricity demand coming from renewables by 2020 would make up 30% of the UK Government’s renewable electricity requirements.

Mr Ewing said: “Scotland is already helping England to keep its lights on, exporting 20.8% of our electricity in 2010 alone and this number is set to rise as we approach our ambitious but achievable 2020 energy targets.”