Nearly a quarter of the UK’s renewable energy in 2020 was generated in Scotland.
Scotland produced 32,031.2 GWh - 23.8% - of the UK’s total renewable energy total in 2020, despite accounting for only 8% of the UK population.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“These figures confirm why, as Scotland moves away from oil and gas, securing a Just Transition for workers into our booming renewables sector is essential.
“Yet, while we are more than punching above our weight, Scotland faces the highest charges in the UK to connect to the energy grid - while the south of England are paid to connect.
“Despite consistent calls by SNP Government Ministers and MPs, the Tories refuse to change this – it’s not happening in their own constituencies after all.
“With the full levers of independence, Scotland will have the power to decarbonise even faster; securing a greener, fairer and more sustainable future for generations to come.”
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – Special article – Energy Trends collection 22 December 2020: Electricity generation and supply in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England, 2016 to 2019.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – Special article – Energy Trends collection 30 September 2021: Renewable electricity in Scotland, Wales, Northern and the regions of England in 2020.