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Record 40% of Scotland's electricity is from renewables

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Statistics from the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed 40.3% of energy consumption in 2012 was met by the sector - up from 36.3% the previous year and 24.1% in 2010.

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Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the figures showed renewables were "going from strength to strength".

The Scottish Government believes it is on course for half of electricity use to come from renewable sources by 2015, an interim target ahead of the goal of having the sector generate the equivalent of 100% of the country's electricity needs by 2020.

Scotland continues to produce more energy than it uses, with more than 26% of electricity generated here last year being exported.

Nuclear power provided 34.4% of electricity generated in Scotland in 2012, while 29.8% came from renewables, 24.9% came from coal, 8% from gas and 2.8% from oil and other sources.

Scotland's proportion of power from renewable sources was much higher than the rest of the UK. While 29.8% of electricity generated north of the border was from renewables, in England the sector only produced 8.2% of electricity, while in Wales and Northern Ireland renewables accounted for 8.7% and 15.9% of electricity generated.

Environmental campaigners at WWF Scotland welcomed the figures, but said to meet the Scottish targets "significant amounts" of offshore wind power would needed.

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