Record levels of electricity have been generated from renewable sources in Scotland, figures have shown. More than 70 per cent of Scottish electricity was renewable last year, up from 54.4 per cent of Scotland’s demand in 2016. The rise has been attributed to the increased capacity of wind power, which contributed an additional 4,600GWh increase in electricity generation. Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “These figures show Scotland’s renewable energy sector continues to grow with a new record set at 70.1 per cent of Scotland’s electricity demand that could be met from renewable resources. “This represents an almost 16 percentage point increase over levels seen in 2016 and places Scotland well ahead of the rest of the UK. “I am also very pleased to see so many new projects coming online, with installed capacity reaching a new record of 10.475GW at the end of Q3, up almost 6 per cent on last year, and with a strong pipeline of further projects under construction or to look forward to.
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