Scotland was 50% powered by renewables in 2014

Scotland has met its 50% renewable electricity target a year ahead of schedule after a surge of 11.7% in 2014.

Figures published today by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that 49.6% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources in Scotland last year – an increase from 44.4% in 2013.

The figures show that renewables generated 32% more electricity than any other single source of power in Scotland.

In total, the renewables sector generated a record 10.3TWh, compared to 7.8TWh2 from nuclear generation – previously Scotland’s main source of electricity. The figures also show that coal and gas-fired electricity generation produced 5.6TWh and 1.4TWh respectively over the same six-month period.

Source: Easy MCS