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Historic milestone as new figures show renewables now Scotland’s largest source of power

Gavin Donoghue

Public Affairs Manager

Posted on 27/11/2014 by Gavin Donoghue

Renewable energy has become Scotland’s main source of power, new independent figures have revealed.

Records from the first half of 2014, the most recent period for which data is available, show renewables generated 32% more electricity than any other single source of power in Scotland.

In total, the renewables sector generated a record 10.3TWh (terawatt-hours)1, compared to 7.8TWh2 from nuclear generation – previously Scotland’s main source of electricity. The figures also show that coal and gas-fired electricity generation produced 5.6TWh and 1.4TWh respectively2 over the same six-month period.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, 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.

“The renewables industry has come a long way in a short space of time, but there is still plenty of potential for further growth.

“Offshore wind and marine energy are still in the early stages of development but could make a big contribution to our future energy needs if they get the right support from government. That support includes the delivery of grid connections to the islands, home to the UK’s very best wind, wave and tidal sites.”


  1. Figure for renewable energy generation in Scotland from Energy Trends published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and updated on 13 November 2014. See Table ET 6.1, Scotland tab, columns O & P. 
  2. Figures supplied by National Grid for electricity generated by nuclear, coal and gas are as follows:
    Technology Elexon Metered Values (TWh)
    Nuclear 7.8
    Coal 5.6
    Gas      1.4