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Six gigawatts of onshore wind energy could meet Scotland's target

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Six gigawatts of onshore wind energy could alone meet Scotland's renewables target, a report by the University of Edinburgh concludes. The report, Matching Renewable Electricity Generation with Demand, was commissioned by the Scottish Executive to assess whether its goal of 40% of electricity from renewables by 2020 is achievable. It finds that even though wind plant cannot generate electricity on demand, 6 GW of onshore wind could supply an average of 40% of Scotland's electricity. And even though the country lacks an abundance of shallow water sites, at least 3 GW of offshore wind is capable of being developed, which could supply an average of 23% of electricity demand. More likely, though, a mix of technologies will be developed including wind, hydro, wave and tidal power. From Scottish Renewables, Maf Smith says: "Perhaps now this study will put to bed the myths about intermittency of wind power and allow us to focus on hitting and surpassing the Scottish Executive's target."

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