The United Kingdom is making great strides towards meeting self-imposed renewable energy goals, especially Scotland. Wind energy is a big source of the increasing renewable presence across the UK, growing significantly over the last year. According to the UK, wind energy increased by approximately fifty percent in the last year.
Scotland is also making significant increases in their renewable sector, increasing renewable energy by 44.3 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. Scotland has make major strides in the last few years, increasing their renewable energy generation by 97.3 percent since just 2006.
Thirty-five percent of electricity needs in Scotland were met through renewable energy in 2011. In 2007, Scotland set a goal of attaining thirty-one percent of energy needs through renewables. Due to the growing renewable sector in Scotland, the first minister, Alex Salmond, recently announced changes to their previous targets.
“In the light of […] progress, I can announce that we have set a new interim target-by 2015, the equivalent of fifty percent of Scotland’s electricity demand will be met by renewable sources. […] This target is ambitious, but also achievable. It is based on current data about capacity which is operational, under construction, or has been consented.”
Overall Scotland is considered on the road to meeting their target of 100 percent renewable by the year 2020.