29 Dec 2010 10:12:04
Scotland boosts renewable power generation
More than a quarter of Scotland's energy supply came from renewable sources in 2009, recently published figures reveal.
Green energy sources met 27 percent of demand in the country last year, while energy consumption was also shown to have decreased by four percent.
There was a 20 percent increase in the amount of power being generated by renewables, with wind power leading the way. Energy produced from wind, wave and solar sources increased by 37 percent in 2009.
Climate change minister Roseanna Cunningham said the statistics show Scotland is on track to hit its target of deriving 31 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2011, but warned of the importance of the next decade on low carbon development in the country.
"We need a fairer transmission charging regime and we need the UK government's proposals to reform the electricity market to help, not hinder Scotland," she added.
Earlier this year Alex Salmond announced Scotland's renewable energy target has been increased to 80 percent by the year 2020.
The UK-wide goal is for 15 percent of power to be generated from renewable sources in the next decade.