Reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation is a key part of the Scottish Executive’s climate change programme, with an ambitious target set for 40% of electricity consumption in Scotland to come from renewable sources by 2020. With increasing demand for electricity and the impending closures of existing fossil fuel and nuclear electricity generating plants, questions have been raised over the ability of renewable energy to meet our needs and reduce carbon emissions, without compromising environmental protection in sensitive sites.
In this report, we look at the opportunities for addressing Scotland’s electricity demands through renewables development and energy efficiency, taking account of planned closures in conventional generation.

The Power of Scotland: Cutting Carbon with Scotland’s Renewable Energy