Scottish Wind Power Generation Surged 19% to a Record in 2012

Wind-power generation in Scotland surged 19 percent to a record in 2012 as energy from clean sources contributed 39 percent of the region’s total electricity needs.

Electricity generated from renewables rose 7 percent from 2011 to more than 14,600 gigawatt-hours, the Scottish government said today in an e-mailed statement. Nearly 39 percent of the region’s total electricity needs came from renewables in 2012, enough to power every home in Scotland.

Scotland wants all its electricity to come from clean sources by 2020 and it has set an interim target for half to come from renewables by 2015. It contributed about 35 percent of total U.K. renewable generation last year.