Summary. Community Energy Scotland is one of many groups advancing sustainable energy initiatives in Scotland. From their website:
We believe that communities can become stronger, more self reliant and resilient by generating their own energy and using it efficiently. We provide education, finance and practical help. We are a voice for communities who want to act now for a more secure and sustainable energy future in Scotland.
Learn More. More information about renewable energy initiatives in Scotland can be found on Wikipedia. [source]
The production of renewable energy in Scotland is an issue that has come to the fore in technical, economic, and political terms during the opening years of the 21st century. The natural resource base for renewable energy is extraordinary by European, and even global standards, with the most important potential sources being wind, wave, and tide.
At the end of 2011, there was 4,796 megawatts (MW) of installed renewables electricity capacity in Scotland, an increase of 9.5 per cent (416 MW) on the end of 2010. Renewable electricity generation in 2011 was a record high at 13,750 GWh – an increase of 44.5 per cent on 2010. Around 35 per cent of Scotland’s electricity came from renewables in 2011, exceeding the Scottish Government’s target of 31 per cent. Scotland contributed almost 40 per cent of the UK’s renewables output in 2011.
Additional Reading. Below are links to articles and resources for more information.
- “Scotland powering forward in uncertain times,” Energy Saving Trust, 22 April 2013, by Gary Hartley.
- “Scotland’s renewable energy at all-time high,” The Scottsman, 2 May 2013, by Scott Macnab.
Video. Below is a video about home-based renewable energy produced by the Energy Saving Trust.