Scotland ‘is on track for record year of renewables’

Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable generation. That’s according to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which has published figures showing clean power […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable generation.

That’s according to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which has published figures showing clean power production in the first half of 2017 was 17% higher than the same period last year.

The share of renewable generation reached a record 29.8% in the second quarter of this year, up 4.4% on the same quarter in 2016.

The period this year saw 22.5TWh of low carbon energy generated, significantly up from 19.8TWh last year.

This reflects both increased wind capacity and wind speeds combined with lower overall electricity generation.

Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “Today‚Äôs statistics show that Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation and that our renewable energy sector is stronger than ever.

“This reflects our commitment to clean, green energy building and we will continue to support the renewable energy sector in Scotland”