Mather Aims for 50% of Electricity
From Renewable Sources By 2020
Nov 28, 2007 - The Herald, Glasgow
The Scottish Government yesterday announced higher
targets for the amount of electricity that comes
from green sources.
Ministers want 31% of Scotland's electricity
to come from renewable sources by 2011, and they
have set a target of 50% of all electricity from
renewables by 2020. That compares with the previous
aim of having 40% of electricity generated from
such sources by 2020.
The new target also takes into account transmission
losses between the source of electricity and consumption,
which can be about 12%.
Energy Minister Jim Mather said the ambitious
target would encourage the development of new
technology in the energy sector.
Speaking in advance of meetings in Brussels
to update the European Union on Scotland's energy
objectives, Mr Mather said: "In setting this ambitious
50% target, the Scottish Government is encouraging
the development of low carbon technologies such
as renewable energy, micro-generation, combined
heat and power, carbon capture and storage while
pursuing energy efficiency savings.
"Scotland is already a world leader in the energy
and engineering sectors and is known for its innovation
and talent" Mr Mather also insisted the absence
of new nuclear power stations would not cause
an energy gap in a Scotland, saying the county
had the "natural resources and ingenuity to become
a non-nuclear energy exporter".
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