Scottish wind power generation up 36%

Wind energy exceeded Scotland’s electricity needs for two days in the same month for the first time on record. On 24th September and 29th September, wind turbines provided 127% and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Wind energy exceeded Scotland’s electricity needs for two days in the same month for the first time on record.

On 24th September and 29th September, wind turbines provided 127% and 107% of the country’s total power demand.

Upon hearing the news, WWF Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to expand the “renewables revolution” in the power sector to the heat and transport sectors.

In September, Scottish wind turbines provided 766,116MWh of electricity to National Grid, around 44% of total demand. That’s enough to supply the needs of 2.1 million households and is an increase of 36% on last September.

There was enough sunshine to allow solar equipped houses in Aberdeen to independently generate an estimated 70% of their electricity. Similarly, homes in the city fitted with solar hot water panels were able to produce 75% of the hot water they used.

Director of WWF Scotland Lang Banks said: “That Scotland has made such great strides in generating renewable power and addressing climate change is the result of many years of political and public support. However, if we are to continue to play a leading role globally in cutting carbon emissions, we need politicians to build on our renewable electricity revolution and expand it to other sectors such as heat and transport.”