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Scottish Executive proposes ambitious 40% target for renewables

The Scottish Executive has proposed a 40% target for renewable energy by 2020 in a consultation on the future of renewables in Scotland. Environment minister Ross Finnie says he firmly believes it is a "realistic aim." Scotland has one of the largest renewable resources in Europe, amounting to a "staggering" 75% of the entire UK installed generating capacity, he says. "If we are serious about tackling climate change then we have to exploit this resource to the full." Following last year's report by Garrad Hassan of Scotland's renewable potential, ministers had initially indicated a target of 30% for 2020. Now, having reviewed the situation in preparing its consultation paper, the executive wants to adopt even more ambitious targets. "I know that Scottish companies are gearing up for this massive challenge," says Finnie. "Our larger utilities have already announced investment plans exceeding £1 billion for renewable energy development over the next decade. More projects are in the pipeline."

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