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Scottish Government Backs 100% Renewable Energy

Upon Alex Salmond’s reappointment as First Minister for the new Scottish Government on 18th May 2011 he announced that the new 2020 renewable electricity target for Scotland has been raised from 80% to 100% to secure Scotland’s place as the green energy powerhouse of Europe.

Mr Salmond said: “Because the pace of development has been so rapid, with our 2011 target already exceeded, we can now commit to generating the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s own electricity demand from renewable resources by 2020. By then we intend to be generating twice as much electricity as Scotland needs – just over half of it from renewables, and just under half from other conventional sources. We will be exporting as much electricity as we consume.”

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