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28 March 2019

RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY AT RECORD LEVELS - WWF Scotland comment

Responding to the news today (Thurs) that the equivalent of 74.6% of gross electricity consumption was from renewables last year [1], Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, said:

“These are incredible figures for 2018 with three quarters of Scotland’s demand met by renewables, and we also doubled exports in a year. Renewables play a vital role in powering the country, creating jobs and reducing climate emissions. With the urgency of tackling climate change ever clearer, we should celebrate and build on this progress.

“But if Scotland’s full renewables potential is to be unleashed to power our economy, heat our homes and charge our cars, then the UK Government needs to unlock support for cheap, popular and effective renewables like onshore wind.”

Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government press release

https://www.gov.scot/news/renewable-electricity-at-record-levels/