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Scotland Sets Out its Ambitious Renewables Target

By Katie Anderson on July 1, 2011

The Scottish Government has yet again upped its green energy targets, announcing a new target to supply at least 30% of the country’s energy from solar energy and other renewable sources by 2020.

Fergus Ewing, the Scottish energy minister has unveiled a new renewables road map which outlines the steps required to meet its targets, which includes its goal of supplying 100% electricity from renewables by 2020. Scotland’s previously adopted target of supplying 20% of all energy from renewables by 2020 has also been increased to 30%.

These new targets already exceed the EU’s 2020 renewable energy target of 20% and will be double the UK’s agreed EU target of 15%. The renewables road map has also set a new target to deliver 500MW of community and locally owned renewable energy by 2020.

Minister Ewing also announced plans to establish a Scottish Renewables Advisory Themed Group, which will provide expert advice from industry and other stakeholders on how to achieve Scotland’s full renewable energy potential.

Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, Jenny Hogan said: “The Routemap frames Scotland as the place to invest in renewable energy within Europe.”