22 May '11, 2pm

Scotland: 100% renewable by 2020

Scotland: 100% renewable by 2020

Scotland announced on May 20, 2011, that it is targeting to use only renewable energy by 2020, increasing its former target of 80 percent by that year. According to a press release from the independent, not-for-profit international organization The Climate Group, Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond wants Scotland to become ''the green powerhouse of Europe.'' The press release quotes him as saying that ''Because the pace of development has been so rapid, with our 2011 target already exceeded, we can now commit to generating the equivalent of 100 percent of Scotland's own electricity demand from renewable resources by 2020. By then we intend to be generating twice as much electricity as Scotland needs - just over half of it from renewables, and just under half from other conventional sources. We will be exporting as much electricity as we consume. So we will continue to wor...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/energy/scotland-100-renewable-2...

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