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Scotland could be fossil fuel free by 2030
Safer, and cheaper than fossil fuel-based development,

Report by energy consultancy  DNV-GL for WWF has  tested the Scottish government’s policy goal of decarbonising the country’s electricity generation by 2030, and it's a can do.

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Key findings of the report for the World Wildlife Fund include
  • an electricity system based on proven renewables and increased energy efficiency is a credible way of meeting Scotland’s decarbonisation target.
  • with no guarantee that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will be commercialised and rolled out in time, Scotland’s climate targets could easily be missed unless a safer pathway is followed;
  • Scotland can maintain and even build on its position as a net power exporter if it makes moderate progress to reduce demand for electricity and increase the roll out of hydro pumped storage;
  • a renewable, efficient and flexible system has many advantages over the current Scottish Government scenarios: it is less dependent on imports from the rest of Great Britain at peak demand, is cheaper, and has lower emissions than the scenarios in the Scottish Government’s Electricity Generation Policy Statement.
In November 2014 wind turbines alone generated more power than the Scotland's domestic energy needs. Hydro power has been important since the 1950s in Scotland, the growth of wind farms will require hydro pumped storage to store the electricity. Lots of work for Scotland's landscape architects.

source: The Guardian 5 January 2015
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13. Jan 2015
Reported by Robert Holden, London


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