13th August 2012 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

A recent report has suggested that Scotland's aim to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 could be attainable, The Press Association has reported. Scotland's Renewable Energy Sector In Numbers - a portal managed by industry body Scottish Renewables - shows figures on energy capacity, output, jobs and investment, and emissions from government reports. Current generators with a total capacity of 4.9 gigawatts (GW), the report revealed, produced 13,735 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity last year. A further 12GW - it is believed - could be generated by projects that are already in the pipeline. If these projects make it out of the planning stages and achieve completion before 2020, a possible 37GWh of electricity could be produced at current efficiency levels - just under the 39GWh of electricity Scotland currently consumes. Chief executive of Scottish Renewables, Niall Stuart, commented: "These figures show Scotland's renewables industry is very much bucking the economic trend. At a time of sluggish growth the renewable electricity sector is expanding by more than 10% a year and now generates the equivalent of 35% of annual demand."