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Wind Farms Produce Enough Energy to Power Every Scottish Home Twice Over

Ross Kelly


Scottish wind farms

Figures from Weather Energy show that wind turbines have provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes since January.

Scottish wind farms have produced enough energy to power every home in Scotland two times over, according to statistics published this week.

Data from WeatherEnergy shows that from January to June this year, wind power output was at a record high across the country.

More than 9.8 million megawatt-hours were generated throughout the six months period, capable of fuelling nearly 4.5m homes both in Scotland and further afield.

In fact, wind energy production has reached such a point that this could be used to power thousands of homes across the north of England.

There are approximately 2.46m households in Scotland, according to Scottish Government statistics, while ONS figures show there are 2.01m households in the English local authority areas north of a line between Blackpool and York.

Robin Parker, climate and energy policy manager at WWF Scotland commented: “These are amazing figures, Scotland’s wind energy revolution is clearly continuing to power ahead. Up and down the country, we are all benefiting from cleaner energy and so is the climate.

“The figures show harnessing Scotland’s plentiful onshore wind potential can provide clean green electricity for millions of homes across not only Scotland but England as well. It’s about time the UK Government stepped up and gave Scottish onshore wind a route to market.”

Alex Wilcox Brooke, weather energy project manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency, added: “These figures really highlight the consistency of wind energy in Scotland and why it now plays a major part in the UK energy market.”

The figures also follow recent reports that the UK experienced its longest-ever period without coal power.

In November last year, data from WeatherEnergy showed that turbines generated the equivalent of 98% of Scotland’s electricity demand in October. The National Grid demand for the entire month was 1,850,512MWh, while wind turbines across Scotland generated approximately 1,820,950MWh.

The best day for energy production throughout the month was on the 23rd, where 105,900.94MWh was generated. Demand on this particular day stood at more than 45,000MWh, meaning that wind generation was 234% of what was required from households across the country.

Figures released by WWF Scotland also show that the majority of wind turbines were onshore, with offshore power accounting for just 0.3% of output

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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