Scottish Wind Power Breaks Records
Scottish wind has once again made it into the news thanks to a record month of June, according to the WWF Scotland analysis of data from WeatherEnergy for the first half of the year.
During the sixth month of the year, wind turbines in Scotland generated and contributed about 1,039,001 MWh to the National Grid, enough to power almost 3 million homes (118% of the current total in Scotland). Not only that, but on six days during the month enough wind energy was generated to more than cover the entire electricity demand in Scotland.
June was the third record-breaking month so far in 2017, following in the footsteps of February and March, both of which registered noteworthy increases in wind energy generation compared to the same months last year. February, for example, produced 1,331,420 MWh of wind power, enough to supply 3.9 million households (162% of the Scottish total) and a 43% increase on the figure for February 2016. March 2017, while producing less energy (1,240,095 MWh), registered an even greater year-on-year growth of 81%.
Altogether, during the January to June period this year Scotland’s wind turbines have generated and delivered 6,634,585 MWh to the grid, enough to provide for the electrical needs of every home in Scotland with plenty left over. In fact, the electricity generated would have covered 124% of homes, 24% more than the last record-breaking six-month stretch registered in 2015. Seen in terms of total demand, rather than just household demand, the amount of wind energy generated during the first half of 2017 was enough to cover 57% of Scotland’s electricity needs.
Acting director of WWF Scotland Dr Sam Gardner has confirmed that Scotland is having a great year for renewables, and called on the Scottish people to press the government for strong policies to be included in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.