Implementation Lead(s): Scottish Government
Locations: All Scotland
Scottish Government Energy
Environmental Mitigation: Mitigation measures include: monitoring the deployment of renewable energy; ongoing work on minimising air quality implications of biomass; develop opportunities for unused excess heat from large scale thermal plants; development plans should consider social and environmental issues associated with energy from waste; progress energy storage.
Mitigation measures identified in SEA of Electricity Generation Policy Statement.
Ongoing Activity and Milestones:
Development Plans to reflect the approach to renewable energy as set out in Scottish Planning Policy
Consents for electricity generation made under the Electricity Act (Scotland) 1989 to consider development plans and reflect the approach set out in Scottish Planning Policy
Implement Electricity Generation Policy Statement
2013 – Renewable sources delivered 44.4% of gross electricity consumption in 2013 – up from 38.8% in 2012
2013 – Scotland generated 53,071 giggawatt hours of electricity, with renewable electricity generation delivering 16,967 giggawatt hours. Renewable output was up 16.3% on 2012 (previously a record year for renewables) and accounted for a record 32% of total generation, which for the first time was the same proportion as generated from fossil fuels
2013 – December – The Scottish Government published the second annual update to our 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland. This further update published on 17 September 2015 provides a progress report on developments across the sector and towards our targets, as well as considering the further collective actions needed to unlock Scotland’s full renewable energy potential. http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/RoutemapUpdate2015
2014 – Electricity generation from renewable sources is estimated to be 3,003 giggawatt hours in quarter 3 2014. This is an increase of 4.3% (125 giggawatt hours) from 2013. Also, generation over the first three quarters of 2014 is 21% higher than over the same period in 2013
2015 – March – Published provisional statistics show that the equivalent of 49.6% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption came from renewables in 2014
2015 -September – On December 19, 2013 the Scottish Government published the second annual update to our 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland. This further update published on September 17, 2015 provides a progress report on developments across the sector and towards our targets, as well as considering the further collective actions needed to unlock Scotland’s full renewable energy potential.
2015 – December – Figures published by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on December 22, 2015 confirm that renewable sources delivered 49.7% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2014.
2016 – December – Figures published by UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on December 22, 2016 confirm that we met our interim target for the equivalent of 50% of our electricity consumption to be sourced from renewable sources by 2015. The final figure for 2015 was 59.4%
2017 – January – Scottish Government published our draft Energy Strategy, detailing how we plan to decarbonise the energy system. The consultation closed in May. This draft proposes a 50% energy target from renewable sources by 2030.
2017 – July – provisional figures published by BEIS indicate that 2016 is likely to show our progress towards our renewables target at 54%, and that 2017 will be a record year for renewable electricity generation.
2017 – December – Scottish Government published the Energy Strategy and the document can be found here: www.gov.scot/energystrategy
2017 – December – Figures published by UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Stratgy (BEIS) on December 21 2017 confirm that 54.0% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources in Scotland in 2016. – down 5.5 percentage points from 59.5% in 2015. Renewable electricity generation was estimated at 19,693 GWh for 2016, down 10% from 21,764 GWh in 2015. This decrease from 2015 is largely attributed to reductions in both average rainfall and wind speed in 2016 compared to 2015. Scottish renewable generation made up approximately 24% of total UK renewable generation in 2016 (previously 26% in 2015).
2020 – The equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption generated from renewable sources