Energy Statistics show renewables ouput increasing
28 June 2012
According to the Scottish Government, provisional figures from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that renewable electricity generation in Scotland was 4,590 gigawatt hours (GWh) in the first quarter of 2012, up 1,435 GWh on Q1 2011.
Responding to the news that renewables output has reached record levels, Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said:
“These latest figures show yet again that renewable energy is becoming an ever important part of our energy mix.
“Renewable electricity sources - mainly onshore wind but also hydro, biomass and other technologies - are delivering power to homes and businesses across Scotland. Each time you boil a kettle in your home, more and more of that electricity will have been generated from a renewable source such as a wind farm.
“Not only does the renewables industry now employ more than 11,000 people in Scotland, it’s helping to reduce our carbon emissions, tackle climate change and insulate us from volatility in the gas market which has been responsible for the major hikes in energy bills over the last few years.”
Notes to Editor:
Provisional statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change are available at: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/energy_stats/source/renewables/renewables.aspx
11,136 full time equivalent jobs in Scotland as referenced in Scottish Renewables' Delivering the Ambition:Employment in Renewable Energy in Scotland (2012) http://www.scottishrenewables.com/static/uploads/publications/final_sr_jobs_report_21032012_-web.pdf