Wind pushes up Scottish green energy output

Wind turbines in Scotland provided around 1,158GW of electricity to the National Grid in November. That’s equivalent to powering 3.2 million homes, new figures from WeatherEnergy for WWF Scotland revealed. […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Wind turbines in Scotland provided around 1,158GW of electricity to the National Grid in November.

That’s equivalent to powering 3.2 million homes, new figures from WeatherEnergy for WWF Scotland revealed.

Wind generated enough electricity to supply 100% or more Scottish homes on 23 out of the 30 days last month.

WWF claims it makes November the second biggest month for wind energy this year so far after January when the output was 1,307GW.

WWF Scotland’s Director Lang Banks said: “Thanks to a combination of increased capacity and stronger winds, output from turbines was up more than two-fifths compared to the same period last year – supplying power equivalent to the electrical needs of 3.2 million homes. As well as helping to power our homes and businesses, wind power is helping Scotland to avoid over a million tonnes of polluting carbon emissions every month. These impressive figures go to show why Scotland is absolutely right to continue to back renewables in a big way.”

The UK Government is scrapping subsidies for onshore wind projects from April 2016 and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said they will no longer issue “blank cheques” for offshore wind projects.