A week ago the rain was pelting down. Take a look at the passengers on this bus in the middle of Edinburgh on Princes Street. See they are wearing hoodies, waterproofs, and everything you need for a summer in Edinburgh. 😉
The news reported that a couple of weeks ago Scotland generated all its domestic electricity needs from wind on one particular day. A gale-force wind sped those wind turbines into the record books.
I don’t know what the distribution of environmentally power sources is in Scotland. Perhaps hydro-electricity makes a contribution. I should find out. (Blogger exits stage left to look up the facts…)
Energy In Scotland – The Facts
It turns out that the facts are not hard to come by, and here they are.
Renewable electricity generation in Scotland made up approximately 26% of total UK renewable generation in 2015
Renewables are the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland—higher than both nuclear generation (33%) and fossil fuel generation (28%).
The Scottish Government has a target for renewable energy in Scotland to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of gross annual electricity consumption and 11 per cent of heat consumption by 2020.
[ Where will the other 89 per cent come from? ]
Wave and tidal energy is still in the testing stage but the Scottish Governement says there is a huge potential and they have the world’s only accredited marine energy laboratory.
Meanwhile, in 2014 wind generated 62% of Scotland’s needs and hydro generated 29%.
And, and this is an amazing fact, Scotland has 25% of Europe’s offshore wind resources. Note, that is 25% of Europe’s resources, not just of the UK’s resources.
Then there’s North Sea oil and gas and Scotland is estimated to have the largest oil reserves in the European Union, accounting for nearly 60 per cent of total EU reserves.
Of course, there is a growing divestment movement that argues that oil and gas should not be extracted and should remain in the ground, and I support that.
Actually, more than that I think there is a huge amount that could be done right now by an outright ban on the use of oil to make plastics that have a short life cycle.