Record year for renewables

Wind power and hydro generation have increased Scotland’s renewable electricity generation in the first half of 2014 by 30 per cent from the same period in 2013.

There has been a 50 per cent increase in hydro generation and a 20 per cent increase in wind output, renewables accounting for 46.4 per cent of the electricity used in 2013.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “2014 is on track to be another record year for renewable electricity generation in Scotland, with 30 per cent higher generation in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, demonstrating that renewable generation continues to go from strength to strength in Scotland.

“Scottish renewable electricity made up 32 per cent of the UK’s renewable energy generation in 2013 and we continue to be a net exporter of electricity.

“Energy efficiency sits at the top of our energy hierarchy and the progress being made is welcome.

“Harnessing Scotland’s vast energy wealth has multiple benefits – reducing our carbon emissions, creating jobs and investment and improving the energy security of Scotland and the rest of the UK. And of course communities the length and breadth of Scotland are also benefitting from millions of pounds of community benefit funding.”

The community funds from wind farms, however, are not enough of a sweetner for some Berwickshire, communities, the cumulative effect of 100+ metre turbines leading to claims that the county, and in partiular the Lammermuirs, has reached saturation level.