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December 31, 2013
By: BBC News Scotland

Renewable energy use at record high in Scotland

A record two fifths of electricity used in Scotland came from renewables last year, official figures have revealed.


UK government figures 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.


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


Environmental campaigners welcomed the figures but said more needed to be done to meet targets.


The Scottish government said it was 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 100% of the country's electricity by 2020.


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