Scotland could have a “record breaking” year for renewable electricity generation according to new figures published today.
Statistics from DECC show the first three quarters of 2012 generated 15.2% more renewable electricity than the same period last year when it smashed its 31% target. The figures show 36.3% of electricity consumption in Scotland in 2011 came from renewables.
The country’s renewable electricity made up 39.9% of the UK’s renewable energy generation last year and exported more than than 26%, up from 21% in 2010.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “These figures show that renewable energy in Scotland is going from strength to strength, confirming that 2011 was a record year for generation in Scotland and that 2012 looks set to be even better.
“The Scottish Government is giving industry the certainty it needs to invest in Scotland. Scotland’s clean green energy resources are delivering thousands of jobs and hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment to communities across Scotland.
The figures also show final energy usage was 6.2% lower than 2005-2007, which indicated Scotland could be on track to meet its 2020 energy reduction target of 12% by 2020. The news follows a recent report showing renewable energy investment in Scotland is set to exceed £1 billion in 2012 alone.