New provisional figures released by the Scottish government have shown that Scotland has just scraped under its target to produce the equivalent of 100% of its total demand from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020, accounting for the export and import of electricity to other regions of the United Kingdom. In 2020, Scotland’s domestic renewable energy sources generated 31.8 terawatt hours, the equivalent of 97.4% of the amount of electricity demanded within the country. Scotland’s pace of renewable capacity construction has been steady since 2011, but in 2020, only a small amount of renewable energy was installed, likely to have contributed to the production falling just short of the target. Scotland’s renewable energy generation is comprised mostly of onshore wind power, and houses the bulk of the UK’s land-based wind farms and hydro power. England, in comparison, has a far greater proportion of offshore wind.
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