Wind power in Scotland is soaring again. The renewable energy source generated 124 percent of Scottish home electricity needs during the first half of 2017. And the country’s wind turbines generated enough power to meet Scotland’s entire electricity demand for six days in June.
Scotland’s wind turbines are going strong, according to data recently released by World Wildlife Fund Scotland, based on information from WeatherEnergy. Acting director Sam Gardner said, “The first six months of 2017 have certainly been incredible for renewables, with wind turbines alone helping to ensure millions of tonnes of climate-damaging carbon emissions were avoided. Scotland is continuing to break records on renewable electricity, attracting investment, creating jobs, and tackling climate change.”
June’s blustery weather helped boost the figures. In that month, wind turbines generated around 1,039,001 megawatt-hours (MWh) for the National Grid, the company operating the electrical grid in the United Kingdom. That’s enough electricity to meet the needs of 118 percent of the almost three million homes in Scotland.
In total, from January to June, wind energy supplied 6,634,585 MWh for the National Grid, or 124 percent of household needs. Wind power provided 57 percent of the country’s total electricity demand.
Scotland set a few records during that period – wind energy saw a 43 percent increase in February 2017 compared with February 2016. And March 2017 saw a 81 percent increase compared with March 2016.
Gardner called on Scots to keep pushing for renewable energy so other sectors besides homes can benefit from the clean source. He said, “If we want to reap the same rewards in the transport and heating sectors we need the Scottish Government to put in place strong policies on energy efficiency and transport in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill. That’s why we’re calling on people to act for our future and tell the First Minister they want a strong climate bill that will deliver a fairer and healthier low carbon Scotland.”