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10 Sep 2008 05:09:39

Scotland will exceed renewables targets

Scotland will exceed renewables targets
Scotland is set to meet its renewable energy targets and will not look to invest in nuclear power which the people "don't want".

Energy minister Jim Mather told the Scottish Council for Development & Industry that as Scotland had "won the energy lottery", if would easily exceed its targets without having to resort to nuclear power.

Scotland has an estimated renewable capacity of 60GW, a figure which suggests the country could generate a massive surplus beyond its energy needs which only amount to roughly a tenth of that, said the minister.

Mr Mather said: "That is why this government has built its energy policy around mining this rich potential and will not make the potentially costly, harmful and damaging mistake of considering new nuclear power generation for Scotland.

"The Scottish Parliament has endorsed that position - our people don't want new nuclear power and we don't need it."

Scotland has set itself a target of 31 per cent of electricity coming from renewable sources, which would require 5.5GW to be generated from renewables.

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