Wind Power Output at 118% Helps Scotland Attains Renewable Energy Record

Whitelee's wind farm

Whitelee’s wind farm, Scotland. Credit: Creative Commons/Bjmullan

Scotland’s wind power output has attained a new renewable energy record for the first half of the year, according to the sources.

In June, wind turbines provided around 1,039,001MWh of electricity to the National grid, as per the analysis by WWF Scotland, data provided by WeatherEnergy. The renewable energy figures show that the power generated last month was sufficient for the electricity needs of around 118% of Scottish households (or around 3million homes).

It was reported that in the first six months of 2017, there was enough power generated to supply Scotland’s national demand for around six days. The wind turbines contributed to 6,634,585MWh of electricity to the National Grid. This according to analysts could on an average supply the electrical needs of around 124% Scottish households (or over 3million homes).

The acting director of WWF Scotland, Dr. Sam Gardner, reiterated that the first six months of 2017 had been amazing for renewables. The wind turbines could help avoid millions of tonnes of carbon emissions, which damage the climate. He added that Scotland was continuing to break records on the renewable electricity front and tackling climate change.

It is reported that Scotland’s total electricity consumption inclusive of homes, industry, and business for the first six months was around 11,689,385MWh. And, renewables experts state that wind generated nearly 57% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs.

Paul Wheelhouse, Energy Minister of Scotland, said that it was great to hear that renewable electricity generation in Scotland had reached a new record high. He added the amount of renewable electricity that was being produced by Scotland stood at 9.3GW, which was four times of what it was a decade ago. The statistics according to the Energy Minister was a reinforcement of the country’s reputation as a renewable energy powerhouse.

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