An unearthly voice from beyond the ban just FB messaged me and basically said ZOMG, talk about Scotland, in response to talk of renewables not being a feasible alternative. There is some use of wiki here incidentally... (content is mine)
Scotland already generates 39% of its power from renewables, and that's rising at a pretty outrageous rate- doubled since 2007 with no sign of slowing (projects already in construction will increase that pace of growth) 10 years ago it was almost all hydro, now 60% is onshore wind. Renewables are now the single biggest electricity source and generate enough to satisfy the entire domestic load. (obviously disclaimers about steady load apply here, with so much being wind- ironically the downside of the wind generation boom is that it's outstripped our pumpstorage)
This diagram here:
Is pretty good to give an idea of distribution, though it's slightly out of date obviously, the current figures push nuclear into second place- renewables grew by 10% in 2011.
People mentioned "there's not enough landmass for wind"- the stats above don't yet include a significant amount of offshore wind, but watch this space, 4gw of offshore production is already in planning or construction- more than the current onshore total.
Pretty crazy stuff- and again, I'm pretty surprised by the numbers, I knew we were renewables-daft but I had no idea about the rate of growth. Scotland's well equipped with renewable opportunities but it's hardly unique, this could be repeated elsewhere.