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Posted by: Michael Williams on 22/12/2011

The Scottish government is currently on target to meet their goal of generating the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's electricity needs from renewables by 2020.

Currently there are 7 gigawatts of renewable energy projects in Scotland that are either operational, under construction or with planning consent. Between January and October 2011 approximately £750 m was invested in Scottish renewable energy infrastructure. Proposed projects could increase the generating capacity to 17 gigawatts.

Scotland currently generates more than 90% of the UK’s hydro-power output and approximately 48% of the UK wind-power output.

The Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing commented that he is “proud to be Energy Minister at such an exciting time”.

In stark contrast the English government’s recent reduction in feed-in tariffs (FIT) for solar PV has been heavily criticised and may be subject to judicial review. Recently Greg Barker, the Energy Minister was heckled during a speech to the Micropower Council for the speed of the decrease the subsidy and the manner in which the consultation was organised.

Government ministers claim that the reduction is necessary as the scheme was more popular than expected and that via reforming the FITs they are ensuring that it has a viable future.

It is great to see the results of the positive government policy in Scotland and what is achievable with political support and vision. It is also interesting to reflect how Scotland has created a significant new source of employment to provide opportunities when the oil/gas industry on the east coast recedes despite current challenging economic conditions.  

Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: Energy | Energy Minister | Feed-in Tariffs | FIT | Greg Barker | Hydropower | Micropower Council | Renewables | Scotland | Wind power
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