Recent statistics released by the Scottish Government underscore that renewable energy technologies exceeded Scotland's total electricity consumption by 113% in 2022. This achievement not only marks the highest recorded figures to date but also signifies a substantial 26% year-on-year increase.
Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, emphasized the significance of these record-breaking figures in Scotland's journey towards net-zero. She highlighted the potential of the nation's world-class renewable energy resources and the positive impact on the economy, with the renewable energy industry and supply chain already supporting over 42,000 jobs and contributing an economic output exceeding £10.1 billion.
Acknowledging the positive outcomes, Mack noted, “Increasing clean energy generation leads to significant benefits for our economy,” emphasizing the industry's role in job creation and economic growth. However, she also highlighted the importance of swiftly deploying renewable energy projects at scale to meet rising electricity demand and support broader decarbonization goals in heat and transport.
Looking ahead, Mack stressed the importance of maximizing capacity in Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 6, scheduled for this year. She emphasized that this step is crucial to continuing efforts to deploy renewable energy projects at a scale that aligns with the increasing demand for clean and affordable energy in Scotland.
Scottish Energy Secretary Neil Gray also weighed in on the milestone, stating, “This is a significant milestone in Scotland's journey to Net Zero.” He highlighted that, for the first time, Scotland has produced more renewable electricity than it consumed, showcasing the substantial potential of the nation's green economy.
The achievements underscore the critical role renewable energy plays in Scotland's commitment to a sustainable future and emphasize the need for ongoing support, infrastructure development, and investment to build a robust, home-grown clean energy system.