Scotland generated more than half of its electricity in 2015 from renewables
By Paul Homewood
It’s no secret that Scotland has set ambitious goals for itself when it comes to renewable energy, and the country’s progressive agenda appears to be paying off.
New numbers released by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change show that Scotland generated the equivalent of 57.7 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable sources last year. This record figure beats the government’s 2015 interim target to meet half the country’s electricity demand from renewable sources, and means Scotland is more than halfway to its ultimate goal of fully renewable electricity.
There is the usual backslapping from WWF and co, but the article fails to tell the full story.
First, let’s look at the breakdown of the numbers:
Note that, as a proportion of total generation, renewables only account for 41.7%, and not 57.7%, which is the proportion of consumption, rather than generation.
This is an important distinction since 28% of total generation is actually transferred to the rest of the UK.
Excluding hydro, which is well established and changes little year to year, we are left with a much less impressive 30.7%.
Conventional power, including hydro, accounted for 36.6 TWh last year, compared to consumption of 38.1 TWh. Without this reliable baseload and interconnectors, such large amounts of wind power would simply be unsustainable.
Indeed, it would be fair to say that the power generated from wind, 14.1 TWh, has effectively all been exported to England, which took 14.8 TWh in total from Scotland.
With England accounting for about 82% of the UK’s total consumption, this can easily be catered for.
The Scots might like to ask themselves how they will manage when they have hit their 100% renewables target, and England does not have enough capacity to meet its own needs when the wind stops blowing!