18 Jan 2011 11:01:07
Scotland's renewable energy strategy praised by EC report
Scotland's renewable energy strategy provides an example of how different offshore technologies can be combined to form a "coherent approach", a new report by the European Commission has claimed.
Authored by grid coordinator Georg Adamowitsch, the report states: "The North Sea has different conditions and potentials for the generation of renewable energy...
"To be able to use all these elements as part of a European sustainable energy policy, these Scottish renewables have to be connected to an integrated European grid," the Courier reported.
Scotland is currently aiming to generate 80 percent of its power from renewable sources by the year 2020, a target which was increased from 50 percent last year.
Commenting on the latest acknowledgement of the nation's renewables development, Jim Mather, energy minister for the Scottish government, said: "Scotland will be at the heart of plans to deliver a North Sea offshore grid to interconnect European electricity networks."
A report by the European Renewable Energy Association suggested recently that Europe is likely to surpass its target of generating 20 percent of energy used on the continent from renewable sources by 2020.