• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Scotland enters Europe's Top Three for Renewable Electricity


Scotland is now one of the top three countries in Europe for the production of renewable electricity, with 97% of its electricity being produced from renewable sources in 2020 and is far ahead of the UK as a whole, which obtains just 35% of its electricity from renewables.

According to Eurostat 2019, only Norway and Iceland produced more electricity from renewables than Scotland. Other nations behind Scotland in the table include Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“Scotland is a world leader in producing electricity from renewable sources and we continue to increase our capacity to provide a surplus for export.

“Unfortunately, the grid remains reserved to the UK Government, which continues to charge extortionate transmission rates in Scotland, making it more expensive for firms to have grid access to export electricity.

“Despite having 25% of Europe’s offshore wind capacity, the Tories’ grid charges make Scottish windfarms 20% more expensive than farms in the south of England.

“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

Latest Scottish renewables data can be found here.

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