Wind energy in Scotland
Tackling climate change requires a wide range of measures. These include reducing energy demand, increasing energy efficiency, recycling, creating sustainable transport and developing the use of renewables to make clean green electricity. Governments at all levels are taking action.
In May 2011 the Scottish Government accounced a new target of generating 100% of Scottish gross electricity consupmtion from renewables by 2020. During 2011, Scotland generated 13,686.3 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable electricity, equivalent to more than a third (36.2 per cent) of Scotland's electricity needs with 7,099.5GWh being produced from wind; in 2012 wind generation overtook hydro to become the largest contributor of renewable energy in Scotland, generating 8,294GWh, and contributing the equivalent of around 22 per cent of Scotland's electricity needs (Scottish Government, Energy Statistics for Scotland, March2016).
During 2016, renewables were the largest contributor to electricy generation in Scotland (42.9%) closely followed by nuclear (Scottish Government, Energy Statistics for Scotland, December 2017).
Along with other technologies, such as tidal, solar, biomass and wave energy, and a significant reduction in energy demand, wind farms such as Cairnmore Hill make an important contribution to the overall generation mix in Scotland by increasing energy security and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Importantly, onshore wind is a home-grown fuel source and the cheapest form of large scale low carbon electricity. Onshore wind has a critical role to play in helping stabilise and secure our future energy needs, and projects such as Cairnmore Hill provide real opportunities for helping to achieve this.