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Green power boost for Scotland

Thursday March 28th, 2019

Scotland increased the amount of renewable energy it generated by 6% between 2017 and 2018, new UK Government figures show.Government Opportunities

The increase was largely driven by the growth of wind power, with offshore wind projects off the country’s east coast coming on line last year and continued build-out of low-cost onshore projects.

This output of electricity is the equivalent of powering all households in Scotland for more than two-and-a-half years.

Joe Mitchell, Policy Officer at Scottish Renewables, said: “This increase means Scotland is now home to exactly a quarter of the UK’s renewable electricity capacity, with wind power an increasingly important part of our contribution.

“Renewable energy drives investment and creates jobs, as well as mitigating climate change by reducing the amount of fossil fuels the UK must burn to keep the lights on.

“With the right support from governments in both London and Edinburgh our industry, which already employs 17,700 people in Scotland, can continue to deliver these benefits as the shift to a clean, smart energy system gathers pace.”

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