Renewables Boost Energy Independence in Scotland

Scotland has been in the news for the past couple of years for one main topic: the question of independence from the UK. Almost lost in the hubbub have been the country’s pioneering efforts to harness its tides, some of the most powerful in Europe, to produce electricity from wave action. Nova Innovation has deployed the world’s first fully operational array of tidal power turbines in the north of Shetland, where the North Sea meets the Atlantic, reports The Guardian. This follows the particularly windy day earlier this month when Scotland’s wind turbines produced 106% of the country’s total energy requirements. Even on an average day, renewables now produce more than half of Scotland’s power. It appears that Scotland is well on its way to independence from the UK-administered oil industry.

John Howell, Editorial Director