Nations across the globe are attempting to lessen their dependence on fossil fuels. Not only do fossil fuels often make nations dependent upon other nations for fuel sources, they also result in the formation of greenhouse gas emissions. The growing concern revolving around global warming has may pushing for even more stringent renewable energy programs.
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.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change indicated that UK onshore efforts increased in the last year by fifty-one percent. Offshore wind energy generation also grew significantly in the last year, increasing by fifty percent. The increase has brought the overall renewable energy total in the UK to 11.1 percent of electricity needs. This is an increase from 7.7 percent from a year prior. Overall the UK now produces enough wind energy to power at least 6 million homes.
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. Overall Scotland is considered on the road to meeting their target of 100 percent renewable by the year 2020.