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Scotland reaches new milestone with renewable output exceeding demand

Scotland's renewable energy sector has surpassed its electricity demand, generating more power than the country required in 2022, according to new government figures. The milestone was reached as the combination of increased wind power production and a slight reduction in electricity consumption resulted in the renewable energy output equating to an impressive 113% of the nation's demand!
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The surge in renewable electricity generation, heralded by Scottish Energy Secretary Neil Gray as a "significant milestone," underscores the success of Scotland's commitment to transitioning towards sustainable energy sources. The remarkable feat was achieved despite the continued contribution of fossil fuels, which played a role in filling gaps in renewable power production.

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Scotland has set ambitious goals to not only meet its domestic energy requirements through renewables but also to become a net exporter of clean electricity to neighbouring nations. To fulfil these aspirations, Gray emphasized the need for essential infrastructure upgrades, particularly a modernized national power grid capable of accommodating the fluctuating nature of renewable energy sources. Furthermore, making it economically viable to store excess wind and solar power for future use will be crucial in sustaining this green momentum.
Challenges persist across the wider United Kingdom. Despite fossil fuel power reaching its lowest level in nearly seven decades, clean energy supporters are expressing concerns about the wavering support from the Conservative government. The recent offshore wind rights auction in the North Sea, where no bids were received, highlighted the hurdles faced by the renewable sector. The terms offered by the government were perceived as economically unfeasible, raising questions about the feasibility of future projects. One more example of the impact of putting the right people in power?




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    • Elizabeth Gathigia

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      This is a great milestone leading to a more sustainable future

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      • walter lungayi

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        Great to see Scotland leading the way in renewable energy production, surpassing its own demand. This is a positive step towards a more sustainable future.

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        • Gorffly mokua

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          With the output of renewables exceeding the country's electricity demand, Scotland is taking a significant step towards reducing their carbon footprint and transitioning to a more sustainable energy system.

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          • Esther Wanjiku

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            Reliance on fossil fuels will be a thing of the past in the not so distant future.

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            • Kevin

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              @esther_wanjiku_785 I cannot wait when the whole world fully transits

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              • Gorffly mokua

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                @esther_wanjiku_785 Unfortunately this might not happen if our leaders continue investing in fossil fuels.

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              • Kevin

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                Amazing milestones by Scotland

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                • winnie nguru

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                  Scotland has sure been doing the most. Good work

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                  • winnie nguru

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                    @winnie_nguru a step at a time

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                  • Joseph Githinji

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                    Encouraging news, this is the way to go in phasing out fossil fuels.

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                    • George Kariuki

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                      This is a significant milestone.

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                      • Tabitha Kimani

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                        Yes! We can end reliance on fossil fuels.

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                        • Gorffly mokua

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                          @tabitha_kimani Yes! Everything is possible with endless commitment.

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                        • Esther Wanjiku

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                          This is very positive news

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                          • Marine Stephan

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                            This is great and gives me a lot of hope! Phasing out fossil fuels is possible!

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                            • Esther Wanjiku

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                              @marine_stephan so amazing

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                              • Gorffly mokua

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                                @marine_stephan Hope fuels our daily actions!

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