Good news out of Scotland today: The nation is now 35% powered by renewable energy. Impressive, sure. But it also means that Scotland has hit an important milestone en route to its goal of getting 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2020.
Here's the BBC:
The Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics said the amount generated in Scotland rose by 45% last year to 13,750 Gigawatt hours (GWh). The Scottish government's target for 2011 was to meet 31% of the country's energy needs from renewables.This does indeed bode well for its 2020 goal, which skeptics continue to hone in on (Remember, Scotland technically aims to get an "equivalent of 100% of its gross annual electricity demand met by renewables"). Government ministers insist that all is going to plan.
If consumption remains at the 2010 level, they will have accounted for 35% of electricity needs.
And as plans go, it's an inspirational one. Here's what I wrote in a previous post after attending a press conference with Scotland's first minister:
Scotland's push to become a leader in marine renewables (they're also seeking to deploy as much as 2 GW of wave and tidal power) is not just laudable, but could prove visionary indeed. The effort could prove a major boon to Scotland's economy, where wind could become a $30 billion dollar industry, according to forecasts from Scottish Enterprises.And getting 35% of demand met with renewables is nothing to sneeze at—in fact, that makes Scotland a veritable leader in the arena. If only more nations would have such courage to confront its skeptics ...