Mark Ruskell MSP, Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (30 Dec) welcomed the call from environmental and industry groups for Scottish Ministers to set a new target to ensure half of all energy used in Scotland comes from renewable sources by 2030. Mark said: “This call will increase the pressure, not just on the Scottish Government, but on other opposition parties to match the Scottish Greens’ ambition. Earlier this month other parties voted down or abstained on our proposal to set a target of Scotland producing half of all the energy it consumes from clean, renewable sources. “We can see the support for this target is growing. It would create more jobs, reduce climate change emissions and air pollution, and cut fuel poverty. Scotland’s renewables industry has been badly damaged by the anti-Green policies of the Westminster Government. The target of 50 per cent of energy from renewables must feature in the Scottish Government’s forthcoming energy strategy.”
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Conservationists and the green energy industry are demanding the Scottish government sets a new target to ensure half the country’s power comes from renewables by 2030. WWF Scotland and trade body Scottish Renewables made the call following what they believe has been a “landmark” year for Scottish renewable energy. Scotland is “blazing a trail for pollution-free power”, they said. The government said it exceeded its 50% renewable electricity target for 2015. A spokesman added that the government’s long-term vision for the future of energy in Scotland would be published in the new year.
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Green energy such as wind power made up 40% of electricity generated in Britain, compared with 25% on 25 December 2015. Figures produced by Electric Insights and commissioned by Drax showed that three-quarters of renewable energy produced on Christmas Day came from wind turbines. Drax is Britain’s largest coal power producer but it is in the process of converting its facility to using biomass. Koss said the company provided 20% of the UK’s renewable power in the first half of 2016. “It’s important to have the right mix of energy generation to ensure we are decarbonising, whilst also keeping the lights on and the costs down,” he said.
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