Wind Power = 124% of Scotland’s home electricity needs January–June 2017

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Record wind energy generation in Scotland in June helped lift total generation to the equivalent electrical needs of 124% of Scottish households.

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Source: Cleantechnica
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Record wind energy generation in Scotland in June helped boost the figures for the first half of the year, resulting in wind generating enough electricity to supply the electrical needs of 124% of Scottish households between January and June.

Source: Cleantechnica
Source: Cleantechnica

New figures published this week by WWF Scotland based on data provided by WeatherEnergy found that the month of June saw wind turbines generate around 1,039,001 MWh (megawatt-hours) of electricity for the National Grid, the distribution network company that runs the UK electricity grid.

This amounted to, on average, enough electricity to provide for the electricity needs of 118% of Scottish households, or nearly 3 million homes.

Further, wind energy generated enough electricity to supply more than all of Scotland’s national demand for 6 days out of the month of June.

The strong wind energy in June helped boost the numbers for the first half of 2017 overall, helping to push total electricity generated from wind from January to June up to 6,634,585 MWh delivered to the National Grid.

Source: Cleantechnica
Source: Cleantechnica

That’s enough electricity for 124% of all Scottish households, and an increase of 24% compared to the previous record-breaking six-month period, back in 2015.

In terms of Scotland’s entire electricity demand, wind energy accounted for 57%.

“The first six months of 2017 have certainly been incredible for renewables, with wind turbines alone helping to ensure millions of tonnes of climate-damaging carbon emissions were avoided,” said Dr Sam Gardner, WWF Scotland’s acting director.

“Scotland is continuing to break records on renewable electricity, attracting investment, creating jobs and tackling climate change.

If we want to reap the same rewards in the transport and heating sectors we need the Scottish Government to put in place strong policies on energy efficiency and transport in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.

“That’s why we’re calling on people to act for our future and tell the First Minister they want a strong climate bill that will deliver a fairer and healthier low carbon Scotland.”

Scotland is often in the news for its renewable energy developments and performance, none more often than its wind energy records.

Just this year alone we’ve covered two big records. In March, WWF Scotland and WeatherEnergy published data showing that Scotland’s wind turbines generated 1,331,420 MWh in February, enough to power the equivalent of 3.9 million homes, or 162% of Scottish households.

This was the result of a 43% increase compared to February of 2016.

A month later, Scotland wind energy provided 1,240,095 MWh of electricity to the National Grid, the electrical needs of 136% of Scottish households, and a stunning 81% increase over the same month a year ago, a new record for the month of March.

“It’s great to see this data confirm that Scotland is knocking it out of the park on wind power with total output for June in particular up on the same period compared to the past two years,” added Karen Robinson of WeatherEnergy.

“There’s no doubt renewables are helping households increasingly avoid fossil fuels for their electricity needs.”

Source: Cleantechnica. Reproduced with permission.

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6 Comments
  1. D. John Hunwick 2 years ago

    Anything Scotland can do, Australia can at least equal – except for the low quality politicians we seem to elect time and time again.

    • Goldie444 2 years ago

      I have got relatives from the late 1880’s from Scotland. I wonder if I would be allowed back!

    • MaxG 2 years ago

      Too simplistic…
      You have the dumb leaders because dumb people put them there; hence, what others can do might be out of reach for Australia solely based on this fact.
      It is always easy to blame someone or something — look at the root cause and it turns into a different story.

    • Ian 2 years ago

      Scotland voted to remain part of Great Britain, so impressive as these figures are, they represent only part of that region’s renewables efforts. Britain has built off shore wind farms around its coast line but particularly in its windy north, no wonder Scotland gets so much power from renewables. It’s like us looking at Tasmania’s renewables percentages and Lauding those.

    • Gold Eagle 2 years ago

      You do seem to have a surplus of those. Of course, the US has elected a lemons too.

  2. Joe 2 years ago

    I don’t hear any complaining from The Scots that wind is…”intermittent”, “unreliable”, “not baseload”. I get the impression that they love their wind…as long as it isn’t so strong as to lift their kilts on a stroll along city streets.

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