Scotland ‘will not hit 100% renewable target’

Scotland will not reach its 100% renewable electricity target by 2020 if the UK Government doesn’t support onshore and offshore wind projects. That’s according to a study from Scottish Renewables […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Scotland will not reach its 100% renewable electricity target by 2020 if the UK Government doesn’t support onshore and offshore wind projects.

That’s according to a study from Scottish Renewables which stated support from the Tory administration is needed to reach the goal.

Scotland is currently on course to generate 87% of electricity from green sources, it added.

The report follows the government’s decision to scrap subsidies for onshore wind projects from April next year.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables said: “The 100% target has provided a powerful focus for government, industry and supporting bodies like HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise) and Scottish Enterprise and really put Scotland’s renewable energy industry on the map. However, current projections show that we’re not going to meet it unless we get more projects going ahead between now and 2020.

“There are consented schemes onshore and offshore that could get us there but they can only go ahead if they are allocated a long term contract for their power.”

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd admitted in a leaked letter that the UK will miss a major legally-binding renewable target.

ELN has contacted DECC for a response.