Scotland is unlikely to meet a green energy target by 2020, according to a new report.
Oil and Gas UK, an organisation which represents the offshore oil and gas industry, has forecast that Scotland will not be able to produce the equivalent of 100 per cent of the country's electricity needs from renewable sources until 2030.
According to the organisation, the target will not be reached by 2020 due to the unpredictability of wind power.
The forecast was revealed during Holyrood's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee investigations into the feasibility of Scotland reaching the government's 2020 targets.
David Odling, energy policy manager at Oil and Gas UK, and Alix Thom, the body's employment and skills issues adviser, are due to answer questions from MSPs and submitted a written statement beforehand.
It said: "Scotland's target for 100 per cent of electricity from renewables looks more likely to be for 2030 than 2020, by which time tidal and wave power could be beginning to make a material contribution."
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