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Scotland targets 100% renewable energy supply for 2020

3rd July 2019

More good news for UK renewable energy, following significant changes to Scottish planning policy.

In a move to develop its low-carbon economy, the Scottish government has committed to generating 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020.

The EU has targeted producing 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by next year.

Figures from 2018 showed Scotland to be a world leader in renewable energy, having sourced record levels from eco supplies; the nation’s green schemes generate over two thirds of its electricity.

More than 25 per cent of Europe’s offshore wind resource passes over Scottish seas and while the increasing costs and uncertainty over returns face the onshore wind sector, there are several national offshore projects targeting this supply challenge.

Meanwhile, throughout the rest of the UK, the race is on to achieve similar goals for the near future – and the 3rd Contracts for Difference (CfD) round is now open, with allocations being made. The industry is in a period of growth, with opportunities for identifying and developing schemes to secure energy which meets future demand, both onshore and offshore.

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