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Renewable Energy Supersedes Nuclear Power in Scotland

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Published on : Nov 27, 2014

Reports by BusinessGreen show that clean energy in Scotland has produced more power than coal, gas, or nuclear. This is the first time it has happened in the first half of 2014. 

New industry figures will also show on Thursday, how renewable energy through hydro power plants, wind farms, and other clean technologies in Scotland provides as the single largest source of electricity to the entire country for the first time, in the first half of the current year. 

In addition, renewables produced nearly one third more power as compared to coal, gas or nuclear just in the first six months of the year, analyzes the trade body Scottish Renewables. According to the analysis, the renewables are generating around 10.4 terawatt hours (TWh) in the six-month period.  

The data was compiled by Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) keeping the Energy Trends data in comparison. The data is based on renewable energy output with figures created by National Grid on nuclear power, coal and gas. 

Most of the times it is difficult for National Grid to relate the figures of a local distribution network as to how renewables are performing as compared to traditional sources of energy. There are not many renewable energy sources that feed into the National Grid. 

The figures have been a historic moment for the renewable energy industry, said Chief Executive Niall Stuart - Scottish Renewables. It has also been a major milestone for the country’s government to generate 100 percent electricity from renewable sources till 2020. He added that the investment into this sector is facilitating more power into their homes and businesses. This milestone is imperative for Scotland’s energy security, economy, and other efforts to alter climate change.  

The data by Decc reveals that hydro power and onshore wind remain as healthy renewable energy sources for Scotland; however even the offshore wind and tidal and wave power have significant potential as they receive sufficient support from the government.  

The expansion of renewables in the country highlights great potential for the renewable generation to cater cost-effective, safe and secure means of electricity for the entire country, said Fergus Ewing, Energy and Tourism Minister - Scotland’s Business. It is vital to maintain the support towards renewables in Scotland to follow up well with the introduction of electricity in the market of the U.K.

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