Report: Scotland on pace for 100 percent reliance on renewable energy by 2020

Written By: Thatcher Michelsen March 19, 2012 0
Scottish leaders have assured the country that it is on pace to rely 100 percent on renewable fuel by 2020.
Scottish leaders have assured the country that it is on pace to rely 100 percent on renewable fuel by 2020.

America isn't the only country with long-term renewable energy goals. While President Barack Obama set a goal of doubling the country's use of clean energy sources during his term, other nations have set their sights much higher.

Scotland's leaders, for instance, have said that it is aiming to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020, and according to The Electricity Generation Policy Statement (EGPS) released by the Scottish Government, they are on track to meet their target.

In a statement, Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing addressed the doubt surrounding the seemingly outlandish goal, and what achieving it will entail. He assured skeptics, however, that he is prepared to take every measure possible to make sure that their objective is satisfied.

"We know our target is technically achievable. Scotland already leads the world in renewable energy, and we have the natural resources and the expertise to achieve so much more," Ewing said. "The prize at stake for the people of Scotland is huge, in terms of jobs, economic opportunities and lower electricity bills for all. I am determined to win that prize."

The four primarily principles of the EGPS are to find a secure electricity supply source, completely eliminate carbon emissions by 2030, make the new energy supply affordable for citizens, and to ultimately create "the greatest possible economic benefit and competitive advantage for Scotland."

Currently, a third of the country's electricity is produced by nuclear energy, but if Scotland meets its 2020 goal, the government predicted that nuclear energy reliance will subdue significantly, according to the Huffington Post.

Almost one fifth of the country's power comes from hydro and other renewable generation sources right now, and the government invested $29 million in wave and tidal power plants last November, the source reports.

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