Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow and a member of Holyrood's economy and energy committee, today responded to a study by industry body Scottish Renewables, which shows Scotland is on course to generate the equivalent of 87 per cent of its annual demand for electricity from renewables by 2020.

The report highlights the need for further support from the UK Government if the target of 100 per cent is to be met.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"This analysis by Scottish Renewables underlines the wrongheaded approach of the anti-green UK Government and makes clear the need for the Scottish Government to ramp up its efforts on demand reduction. Scottish ministers have agreed with Green calls for warm homes to become a National Infrastructure Priority but they have yet to spell out how that will be achieved.

"The opportunity Scotland has to become a clean technology leader, end fuel poverty and create thousands of construction jobs must be seized and we should expect bold funding commitments from the SNP Government in the draft budget next month."