Scotland’s drive to build its wind power industry completely stalled in the second half of last year. With record-breaking levels of renewable electricity on the UK grid, wind turbines in Scotland have played a key role in a green energy revolution. However, figures from the Scottish Government also revealed no new net capacity was added in the country between last June and December. Industry leaders have warned Scotland needs to quadruple its output if it is to wean its home heating and transport sectors off fossil fuels. But they have long argued the UK’s regulatory regime had “locked” new Scottish onshore wind out of the market since 2015 and stunted the industry’s growth. The UK Government, under pressure to tackle climate change, has now changed track. Installed capacity for Scottish renewable energy stood at 11.8 gigawatts (GW) in December, up from 11GW a year earlier but the same as in June. This is the first time the industry has stood still since its technology began to go mainstream.
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