Scottish Government reveals renewable energy sources generated over 18,000 GWh of electricity in the first half of 2022
New figures show more than 18,000 GWh of renewable electricity produced in the first half of 2022
The Scottish Government announced today (12 October) that a total of 7,358 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable electricity was produced in April, May and June 2022.
This contributed to the production of 18,568 GWh of renewable electricity in the first half of 2022, an increase of 29% compared to the same period in 2021.
Renewable electricity capacity increased by 10.5% compared to June 2021 to reach 13.3 gigawatts (GW) in June 2022, largely due to the commissioning of new wind farms.
In response to the announcement, Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications and Strategy at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland has a huge resource of renewable energy: our winds, waves, tides, rainfall and even our Longer daylight hours are huge boons to the country, and renewable energy technologies allow us to use them to produce direct economic and environmental benefits.
“Renewable electricity generation accounts for the vast majority of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption and over the past decade we have more than tripled our renewable electricity generation.
“These figures for the first second quarter of 2022 announced today show that Scotland is a powerhouse of renewable energy, producing more clean, green electricity than ever before.
“Renewable energy projects in Scotland displace tens of millions of tonnes of carbon every year, employing over 27,000 FTE jobs and generating £5.6bn of production while delivering huge socio-economic benefits to people. communities across the country.
“Industry and government must continue to work together to address the challenges that exist if we are to realize our full potential, achieve net zero by 2045, and achieve a just energy transition.”