Scotland lifts 2020 renewables share target to 80%
(ADPnews) - Sep 24, 2010 - The Scottish government yesterday lifted the target for the share of electricity from renewable sources to 80% by 2020 from the previous 50% target, set in 2007.
"Scotland is blessed with abundant natural energy sources," the country's first minister Alex Salmond said. A quarter of Europe's wind and tidal energy potential is concentrated in Scotland and so is 10% of the continent's wave resource, the first minister made it clear. Currently, Scotland has around 7 GW of renewable capacity installed or under development.
Furthermore, Scotland has the potential to employ 60,000 more people in the low carbon dioxide (CO2) industries by 2020 and the government took this into account when adjusting the target, Salmond said.