‘Scotland has been catapulted to the top’

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From SNP Media today:

Scotland has been catapulted to the top of the tables in Europe for countries who produce electricity from renewables – with latest available figures placing Scotland into the top three.

Scottish Government figures for 2020 show 97% of electricity in Scotland is produced from renewables.
When compared with the latest data from Eurostat for 2019, it takes Scotland into the top three of nations in Europe producing clean electricity.

In 2019, only Norway and Iceland produced more electricity from renewables than Scotland. Other nations behind Scotland in the table include Sweden, Denmark and Germany. It also puts Scotland way ahead of the UK as a whole which produces just 35% of electricity from renewables.

Commenting, SNP MSP and member of the Net Zero committee Natalie Don said:

“Scotland is a world leader in producing electricity from renewable sources and we continue to increase our capacity to do so and provide a surplus to be exported to other countries around the world.

“In the year of COP26, Scotland will be on the world stage where we will be able to showcase our abilities to develop technologies and innovation to continue to produce clean energy for not only the people of Scotland to use but for it to be sold elsewhere.

“Despite this, investment in Scotland’s world-leading renewables sector is being held back from its full potential as the Tories at Westminster continue to charge extortionate transmission rates in Scotland, making it more expensive for firms to have access to the grid to export electricity.

“We cannot trust the Tories with Scotland’s renewables sector and to get the best out of it for the people of Scotland. The only way we can harness the full potential of the sector in Scotland is by becoming an independent country.”
 
Full Eurostat numbers can be found here with numbers extracted below
 
Latest Scottish renewables data can be found here

Country% of electricity from renewables
Norway110.82
Iceland100.64
Scotland 97%
Albania
88.45
Austria75.14
Sweden71.19
Denmark65.35
Portugal53.77
Latvia53.42
Montenegro52.66
Croatia49.78
Bosnia and Herzogvina45.48
Romania41.71
Germany40.82
Finland38.07
Spain36.93
Ireland36.49
Italy34.97
UK34.77
Slovenia32.63
Greece31.3
Serbia30.11
North Macedonia23.78
Bulgaria23.51
France22.38
Estonia22
Slovakia21.49
Belgium20.83
Lithuania18.79
Netherlands18.22
Poland14.35
Czech Republic14.05
Luxembourg10.86
Hungary9.99
Cyprus9.76
Malta8.04
Kosovo5.15
Moldova3.04

 

5 thoughts on “‘Scotland has been catapulted to the top’

  1. News unavailable from “Scottish journalism”.

    What we DO get is:-
    “Scottish wind turbines BAAD”.
    “Scottish wind power unreliable”.
    “Murdo Fraser & friends, AGAINST Scottish wind power”.
    “Scottish wind power over-reliant on ‘subsidies’, yet vastly cheaper than nuclear etc”.
    “Scottish tidal power TOO expensive (again)”.
    “Scottish tidal power BAAD”!
    “Scottish hydro TOO expensive (again)”.

    Scotland–a country sitting on coal, oil, gas, best wind power in Europe, best tidal power in Europe–but energy deficient to hear the Brit Nats.

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  2. Scotland comes in at No. 3 on this table . I see the figures for the UK – but where are the comparable figures for England , Wales and N.Ireland ?

    As the Scottish figure is quoted , presumably they are also available for the rUK . Is it too embarrassing for their figures to be quoted ?

    Clearly the connection charges imposed by the UK are a restraint on investment – remove these and Scotland could be in gold medal position .
    Or is that also too embarrassing for some in the UK ?

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