It was announced last week that the United Kingdom now has over 6GW of installed renewable capacity; enough to power over 3.3 million homes. The news has been welcomed in the British renewables industry as proof of the countries ability to achieve the 2020 target of 31GW of onshore and offshore wind.
Maria McCaffrey, chief executive of RenewableUK hailed the news:
“This is a landmark achievement . There’s a great feeling of pride throughout the industry that we’ve reached a record high of 6GW, and there’s a further 19.5GW of capacity under construction, consented, or in planning.
“The government’s Renewable Energy Roadmap is calling for 31GW of onshore and offshore wind combined by 2020, and we’re confident that we can deliver this if we can continue to get the right level of government support.”
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander reaffirmed the UK Governments support for renewables:
“Working together, we can reach even greater heights. We are eager to ensure that the UK becomes the natural home for the most innovative, ambitious and inspiring renewable energy companies in the world, and we will continue to work with the industry to drive down costs and encourage even stronger growth in the years to come.”
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing commented:
“£750 million of new renewable electricity projects started generating in Scotland over the past year, and Scottish wind energy is already making a significant contribution to UK and EU targets.
“We are working closely with the UK government to ensure electricity market reforms continue to maximise opportunites to capitalise on Scotland’s unique natural resources.”
Jeremy Sainsbury, Chairman of Scottish Renewables, stated:
“We obviously join the renewables industry in celebrating reaching the 6GW mark and congratulate the Scottish sector in contributing almost 50% towards this important milestone.
“It is clear that with Scotland’s 2020 target of generating the equivalent of 100% of our electricity needs from renewables that we will continue to play a significant part in delivering capacity across the UK.”
It is clear that the achievement of the landmark 6GW of renewable generation that investment in both the UK and Scotland is continuing apace.
Both government’s 2020 renewable targets are beginning to seem that much more achievable.