Scotland Set to Hit 100% Renewable Energy This Year
A new report has shown that Scotland is well on target to be powered entirely by renewable energy by the end of the year, just in time for the United Nations’ international climate talks it is slated to hold.
The news comes via Scottish Renewables, who has been crunching the data on the country’s installed capacity and energy requirements. The authors note that “Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity has shown steady growth over the last few years with the average annual capacity increase over 760MW since the end of 2008,” and that they are well on their way to a completely renewable-powered grid.
There are no official figures to go off just yet, however, the BBC cites 2018 data showing the official figure at 76.2%. Considering there are a number of projects in the pipeline, experts are expecting Scotland will have no problem meeting its goal by the time the United Nations’ Conference of Parties (COP26) rolls into Glasgow.
Just a few months ago, Scotland announced that electricity production outpaced that of demand over the month two-thirds of the time, and over the whole month of November provided 109% of its electricity demand.
Its largest source of renewable power, the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, is large enough to power 450,000 homes, while the under-construction Seagreen Wind Farm is even bigger- predicted to produce enough electricity for one million households.
Scotland also currently holds the title for the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, a 30-megawatt ‘Hywind’ project, which also received a 1-megawatt onshore battery storage system to facilitate storage and passing electricity to the grid in peak times.
In 2016, Scotland closed its last coal-fired power plant, and its only remaining fossil fuel source is a natural gas-fired plant in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
According to reporting from Renew Economy, “as well as its 100 per cent renewables target, the Scottish government has set itself a legally-binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045, five years ahead of the UK, and leagues ahead of countries like Australia.”
Experts have noted that the date of Scotland’s goal, November 9 is quite significant, considering that it’s the deadline for nations to submit their long-term climate goals to the United Nations.