Scotland’s government has established an ambitious plan to generate 100% of their energy requirement from green energy sources by 2020. However, Gas and Oil chiefs suggest that the plan will be delayed by at least a decade.
The country wants to exploit the wind-turbine energy plan for the North Sea, and generate 100 % of its energy needs from clean sources. However, according to North Sea Industry Officials, it will be very difficult to achieve this target by 2020. For this to be viable, the energy sector needs to experience a boom, comparable to that of the 1960s to 1970s.
From Oil and Gas UK, Alix Thom and David Odling are about to say that renewable-energy target needs to be communicated and established with cautions. Currently, it seems very unlikely that renewable-energy will power the whole of Scotland. It is calculated that the electricity system in the country would practically have to increase by 400 percent simply to meet it current predicted increase in energy demands.
An unprecedented amount of investment would be necessary to ensure that green energy expand. In the UK, the target is to have 15 % of its energy to be supplied via renewable sources by 2020. In that same instance, for Scotland to reach 100 % looks overly ambitious. A more realistic target may be 2030, when wave and tidal power could be more widely applicable. The two recent winters do also show that the energy network needs to be drastically upgraded to reach the high-energy demands. Industry analysis suggests that a quadruple growth would be required before 2020.