Scotland increases renewable energy targets

24 Sep 2010
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Scotland increases renewable energy targets

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond has announced that the country's government is upwardly-revising its renewable energy targets.

He stated that by 2020, the target is for 80 per cent of the country's power to be generated via renewable energy sources such as the wind.

Mr Salmond pointed out that Scotland already produces more than 7GW of renewable energy, but with the sector set to boom over the next decade, he said now is the right time to push forward.

"Scotland is ideally-placed to help lead the renewables revolution and taking account of the levels of planned investment over the next decade, I believe it is now time to aim higher," he added.

The first minister explained that strong leadership is required to attract investment in renewable energy in Scotland and that is why he is increasing the targets.

His announcement comes in the same week that renewable energy company Vattenfall opened the world's largest wind farm off the coast of Kent, which has the capacity to power 200,000 of the county's homes. 

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