Scots hail upward march of renewables

Scotland has hailed the continued rise of renewable energy with the release of new figures which show its green energy production in the first quarter of 2012 was double that […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Scotland has hailed the continued rise of renewable energy with the release of new figures which show its green energy production in the first quarter of 2012 was double that of last year.

DECC statistics show there was a 45.5% increase on the same period in 2011.

Renewable electricity generation in Scotland was 4,590 gigawatt hours (GWh) compared with 1,435 GWh in 2011.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “These figures show that renewable energy generation in Scotland is going from strength to strength. We are seeing great progress towards our goal of generating the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s electricity needs from renewables by 2020.”