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The Scottish Executive aims to see 50 per cent of its electricity coming from renewable sources by 2020, upping its previous target of 40 per cent.

The executive has also set itself an interim target of 31 per cent by 2011.

Energy minister Jim Mather said that the target was now more transparent and challenging than it was previously and that it would increase sustainability and confidence in the Scottish renewable industry

"In setting this ambitious 50 per cent target the Scottish government is encouraging the development of low carbon technologies such as renewable energy, micro-generation, combined heat and power, carbon capture and storage while pursuing greater energy efficiency savings," said Mt Mather.

"Scotland is already a world leader in the energy and engineering sectors and is known for its innovation and talent.

"Harnessing this talent to generate more renewable energy will give us a vibrant energy sector that makes a significant contribution to Scotland's future prosperity and help build increased, sustainable economic growth."

Article Date: 29 November 2007

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