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Renewables overtake nuclear as main source of power in Scotland

CTBR Staff Writer Published 28 November 2014

The renewables sector has overtaken nuclear to become the main source of electricity in Scotland, generating 10.3TWh of energy in the first half of 2014, according to the new figures.

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The new independent figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) revealed that renewables have generated 32% more electricity than any other source of power in Scotland.

Nuclear, coal and gas-fired sectors generated 7.8TWh, 5.6TWh and 1.4TWh respectively in the same period.

Scottish Renewables chief executive Niall Stuart said: "The announcement that renewables have become Scotland's main source of electricity is historic news for our country, and shows the investment made in the sector is helping to deliver more power than ever before to our homes and businesses.

"This important milestone is good news for anyone who cares about Scotland's economy, our energy security and our efforts to tackle climate change.

"Every unit of power generated from renewables means less carbon emitted from the burning of fossil fuels, decreases our reliance on imported energy and supports jobs and investment in communities across Scotland."

Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has recently awarded funding for seventeen community renewable projects to support the development of green energy schemes.

The winning proposals, which range from Shetland to the Borders, include plans to address grid constraints, new district heating schemes, hydrogen production and energy storage.

Image: The renewables sector generated 10.3TWh of energy in Scotland in the first half of 2014. Photo: Courtesy of Scottish Renewables.