09. We will continue to take action to help generate the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020, with an interim target of 50% by 2015

Implementation Lead(s): Scottish Government

Locations: All Scotland

Further reading:
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.

Scotland’s Renewable Energy Routemap Strategic Environmental Assessment

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 – The equivalent of 50% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption generated from renewable sources

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.

2020 – The equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption generated from renewable sources

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