The recently published CCC (Committee on Climate Change) renewable energy review states that by 2030, the UK could have 45% of the energy mix being renewables.
This is good news for the energy industry in Scotland, since Scottish Hydro, Marine, Wind and Solar energy are all likely to benefit. I’m not sure solar will ever be a big source of renewable given the sometimes absent sunshine here, but waves, wind and water are all things in plentiful supply.
The future could be a very exciting place, and with the government’s continued support of renewables we could concievably enter 2030 with an even higher renewables percentage mix.
One thing to take into account here is that technology speeds up the further it goes – mannkind went an eternity without flight, and then within 70 years of mastering flight had also ventured into space – and the implication here for renewables is that they could reach critical mass and become ever greater parts of the mix. Scotland is one of the countries at the forefront of wind power – and it’s a windy place too a lot of the time. Investement in these areas must be an ever safer bet for the money men.