Scotland gets 57.7% of its Electricity from Renewable Sources

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Scotland set a goal to generate 100% of its electricity consumption by 2020.  According to The Herald, Scotland is currently getting 57.7% of its electricity from renewable sources, ahead of the ministers 50% target.

Driven by a powerful initiative from the government, the Scottish people are on pace to be using 100% of their electiicty from renewable sources.  Keeping the trend, the Scottish government gave the go ahead for the world’s largest floating wind farm in November.

“This is great news and an important step in creating a fossil-free Scotland,” Dr. Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, told The Herald. “Despite the U.K. government’s ideological assault on renewable energy, Scotland is storming ahead, smashing through our 50 percent target for 2015.”

According to the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change, Scotland accounted for 26.4% of the U.K.’s total renewable electricity generation.  England provided 65% while Wales and Northern Ireland produced the remaining 9%.

The primary renewable energy sources for the U.K. solar and wind power.  Renewable sources accounted for 25% of the U.K.’s total electricity consumption in 2015, up from 19.1% in 2014.  The U.K. as a whole is leading the global charge for renewable electricity.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has declared that more than 25% of the world will be powered by renewable energy by 2020.  Global evidence of this can be seen in Morocco where they are completing an advanced, concentrated solar power plant that could power the region 24 hours a day.  Sweden has set its sites to be the world’s first fossil fuel-free nation.  Costa Rica, Denmark and Hawaii are all focused on creating renewable sources of electricity.

China which is the world’s greatest greenhouse gas emitter is responsible for 40% of global renewable electricity growth.  This amount would power the entire U.K. three times.

Even China, the world’s foremost greenhouse gas emitter, is contributing to this trend. Not only is it going to sign up to the Paris agreement along with the U.S., but it is currently responsible for 40 percent of global renewable capacity growth – enough to power the U.K. three times over.

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