A new study by Energy Trends reports that Scotland is right on track to meet the world's most ambitious renewable energy goal of generating 80 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020 and all of its energy from renewables by 2025.
As of 2009, Scotland was getting 27 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and the country expects that number to increase to 31 percent by 2011. It has also set the goal of decreasing emissions by 42 percent by 2020.
Scotland has been on the forefront of renewable energy for years, with large-scale wind projects (both offshore and on), cutting edge solar projects, and tidal-powered data centers. A lot of credit is due to the country's natural resources (about 25 GW worth of wind energy resources), but also to the government for creating subsidies and incentives for renewable energy generation at the commercial and residential scale.
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