Scotland’s Rockstar Clean Energy Leadership — 39% Renewable Electricity Today, 100% By 2020, & More

 By Zachary Shahan via

Scotland may not be as large as Germany or Australia or the US, but it certainly deserves a bit more attention when it comes to its clean energy leadership.

Scotland already gets over 30% renewable electricity — about 33% today according to the interviewee in the first video below; 39% of total electricity demand in 2012, according to the Scottish government. It has a 2020 target of 100% renewable electricity. And it also has an ambitious overall renewable energy target.

Notably, Scotland has some wonderful renewable energy resources — especially wind and tidal resources. But come on, who doesn’t have wonderful renewable energy resources? From sunshine to wind to geothermal to less popular types of renewable energy, countries around the world have clean, renewable resources they can tap to generate their own energy.

Check out these two videos below from Fully Charged for more on Scotland’s rockstar clean energy leadership (h/t NewEnergyNews):


Here are some more stories from our team on Scotland’s clean energy leadership:

  1. No Coal, No Nuclear, Only Renewable Energy For Scotland By 2030?
  2. World’s Largest Tidal Turbine, in Scotland
  3. Wind Turbine Big Enough To Land A Helicopter On? Scotland Has It Covered
  4. Scotland Opens World’s Largest Marine Energy Park
  5. Biggest Offshore Wind Farm in the World Planned in Scotland
  6. Europe’s Biggest Wind Farm Starts Producing Electricity (in Scotland)
  7. Huge Scotland Wind Farm Given Green Light (on Shetland Islands)
  8. Scotland Plans World’s Largest Underwater Tidal Turbine Project
  9. Floating Wind Turbines In Scotland Get £15 Million
  10. Scotland Well On Track To Reach 500 MW Community Renewable Energy Goal
  11. Scottish Electricity Generation Plan Underway
  12. Scotland Could Get 50% Of Its Power From Renewable Sources By 2015, Says First Minister Alex Salmond
  13. Scotland Announces Drastic Decarbonization By 2030


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