A new report says Scotland could generate all the electricity the country needs from renewable sources within two decades.
The Power of Scotland Renewed Report, based on research by independent energy analysts Garrad Hasson, was commissioned by four leading environmental charities and published yesterday. It says that by 2030 renewable energy can provide between 60% and 143% of Scotland's projected electricity demand. The report also states that by 2030 Scotland will no longer need to burn any fossil fuels to provide electricity if the country can fulfil it's potential to find renewable energy sources, such as wind and wave power.
A Scottish government spokeswoman said, "This report vindicates the Scottish Government's position to substantially invest in green, renewable energy sources and ambition to become Europe's green energy powerhouse. It concludes that a considerable amount of our future electricity needs can be met by renewable sources."
"Scotland has a quarter of Europe's entire tidal resource and wind energy potential - including massive offshore as well as onshore wind power capabilities. There are hugh economic and employment opportunities for Scotland and the Scottish Government has already announced plans to take advantage of these strengths which will result in the creation of thousands of green energy related jobs in Scotland."
The four environmental charities involved in the production of the report were Friends of the Earth Scotland, WWF Scotland, Scottish campaigns for the World Development Movement and the RSPB Scotland.
Source: The Courier