Scotland now generates more than half of its energy from renewables

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Scotland leading the charge to renewable sources

A recent report from the UK Department of Energy and Climate pointed to impressive statistics in Scotland’s move to renewable energy sources.

In 2015, 57.7 percent of electricity consumed in Scotland came from renewable sources. This bests the 50 percent mark that was set as a goal by a hefty 7.7 percent.

Considerable yearly increases

Scotland’s renewable energy sector had considerable increases across the board in 2015. Renewable electricity generation increased 16 percent from 2014 to 2015, while installed renewable electricity capacity in the country rose 5.5 percent on a yearly basis.

Additionally, wind energy generation rose 21.2 percent year-over-year, and hyropower generation increased 7.2 percent from 2014 to 2015.

Renewable sources power a quarter of the UK

Scotland is not alone. Significant progress in switching to renewable sources of energy has been made in countries around the globe, and the United Kingdom (UK) overall has seen remarkable collective growth.

A recent report from the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change revealed that a record amount of electricity generated in the UK in 2015 — 24.7 percent — came from renewable sources. Perhaps even more noteworthy was the UK’s 29 percent yearly growth in the renewables sector.

Source → UK Department of Energy and Climate