The UK is forecast to miss its 2020 renewable energy target by 25%, according to a letter leaked to The Ecologist magazine.

In the letter, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd tells three cabinet colleagues she expects Britain will miss its target of generating 15% of its electricity from renewable sources by 3.5 percentage points, or 50TWh.

Rudd warned that the UK faced fines from the European Union Court of Justice if it failed to meet its targets.

Opposition politicians criticised Rudd for having previously told the UK Parliament that Britain was on course to hit the 2020 targets.

Molly Cato Smith, a Green Party Member of the European Parliament, said: “Amber Rudd has serious questions to answer about why she has reported something to Parliament that appears inconsistent with what she has been telling other ministers.”

Scotland will miss 100% target if auction rounds continue to be delayed
Meanwhile, trade body Scottish Renewables has warned that the Scottish Government will miss its target of generating 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 without further investment in onshore and offshore wind.

Scotland will only hit 87% if the UK Government does not hold an auction for supply contracts before the spring.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Essentially it is this simple – if we get an allocation round next spring and enough Scottish projects are successful we can still hit the target.”

> Read Rudd's leaked letter

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