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Renewables capacity in Scotland outpaces nuclear

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Renewable capacity in Scotland passed a milestone last month when it outstripped nuclear for the first time. Compared with nuclear's 2465 MW at its two power stations, Torness and Hunterston, renewables installed capacity rose to 2530 MW; over 1076 MW of this is wind. Wind's share of Scotland's generating mix is set to rise rapidly with 870 MW under construction. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says he wants the country to become a global leader in green energy. "In stark contrast, the UK government has already made up its mind to go for a new generation of nuclear power stations," he says. "Scotland neither wants nor needs new nuclear power."

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