EDINBURGH, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Renewable electricity energy delivered
a record-breaking 46 percent of Scotland's gross electricity consumption
in 2013, new official figures showed on Thursday.
The figures released by the British Department of Energy and Climate
Change confirmed that Scotland is on track to meet its interim target
of 50 percent by 2015, said the Scottish government press release.
"These figures show that renewable electricity in Scotland is going
from strength to strength," said Scottish Energy Minister Fergus
Scottish renewable generation made up approximately 32 percent of total
British renewable generation in 2013, showing that Scotland has some
of the best natural resources and marine energy technologies, he added.
He also noted that investment in Scottish renewable energy continues
to grow, with 13.1 billion pounds (about 21.75 billion U.S. dollars)
of announced industry investment and over 9,000 associated jobs between
January 2010 and April 2013.