The seas around Scotland have the potential to provide us with a sustainable, renewable energy source with:
- Up to a 25% of Europe's tidal power and 10% of its wave power
- Around 25% of the European offshore wind resource potential
In all, Scotland is estimated at being able to produce 12 gigawatts of energy from marine renewable and offshore wind sources by 2020.
The Scottish Government is firmly committed to the development of a successful marine renewable energy industry in Scotland. It has committed to achieving the EU 2020 target - 20% of EU's energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020 - through a stated target of meeting 100% of Scotland's electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020.