Scotland’s renewable energy matched 97 percent of demand in 2020

Back in 2011, Scotland set a green-energy related goal for itself: It aimed to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of the country’s gross electricity demand from renewables by 2020. While the country failed to reach that objective, 97.4 percent of its gross electric consumption still came from clean energy sources last year. Scottish Renewables, the trade body for Scotland’s renewable energy industry, says (PDF) that shows an 8 percent increase compared to the figures for 2019.

The trade body’s chief executive, Claire Mack, added that the industry has “more than tripled [its] renewable electricity output” and has generated “enough to power the equivalent of more than 7 million households.” Wind remains the top renewable energy source for the country, though hydro energy saw the most growth last year.


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