Scotland sets two new wind power records

Scotland set two new wind power records in the last days of 2016. Wind power alone generated enough energy to match national demand for four days straight (23rd, 24th, 25th […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Scotland set two new wind power records in the last days of 2016.

Wind power alone generated enough energy to match national demand for four days straight (23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th of December), according to new data from WWF Scotland.

This has happened before on single days but never more than once in a row.

The same period saw another record broken, as wind power topped 74,042MWh on Christmas Eve, the most ever recorded in a single day.

This figure dwarfed the daily national demand of 56,089MWh, meaning wind supplied the equivalent to 132% of the country’s power requirements.

WWF Scotland’s Director Lang Banks said: “These are two spectacular achievements, which underline the massive progress Scotland is making in securing an ever increasing proportion of its electricity needs from wind power and other clean renewable sources.

“Later this month, the Scottish Government is expected to publish its new energy strategy. We hope these latest wind power records embolden Ministers to aim high when it comes to the role renewables play in their forthcoming strategy especially in areas beyond the power sector, such as heat and transport.”