Scots optimistic about being 50 per cent renewable by 2015

Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond says Scotland plans to see half of its power generated by renewables by 2015.

Scotland already counts on renewables for 35 per cent of its electricity needs and the country plans to see that figure as 100 per cent by 2020.

It has already beaten its 2011 goal of 31 percent, according to data from the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change.

“Scotland’s renewable energy production offsets our carbon emissions by 15 percent — the equivalent of taking around 3.5 million cars off the roads,” Salmond said. “In total, 11,000 people are now employed in the renewable-energy sector.”

Scotland has as much as a quarter of Europe’s tidal and offshore wind resources and about 10 percent of its wave power potential, according to the Scottish government.

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