Scotland powering ahead on renewables

Renewables produce more than 100% of Scotland's electricity demand for first time
Patrick Harvie opening Greenfield Windfarm

New figures that show record renewables generation in Scotland demonstrate the potential Scotland has to build a world-leading industry, say the Scottish Greens.

The figures for 2022 show a 26% increase on 2021, with renewables generating the equivalent of 113% of Scotland’s overall electricity consumption. This follows a Fraser of Allander Institute report last month, which found the number of jobs supported by the renewables sector had grown by over 50% in a year.

Scottish Greens energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Recent growth in our renewables sector has been nothing short of astounding. The huge increase in clean energy generation and the tens of thousands of jobs it’s creating demonstrates the massive potential Scotland has to build a world-leading industry and play a leading role in the burgeoning green economy.

“This is what can be accomplished with a Scottish Government that consistently and strongly supports its renewables sector. With Scottish Greens in Government, we’re laying solid foundation of investment and policy decisions. The environmental and economic benefits are already clear to see.”