Wind Power

15 Jul 2019

Scotland's Wind Generated Enough Electricity to Power 4.47 Million Homes

15 Jul 2019  by Toby Hill   

Wind power in Scotland is the fastest-growing renewable energy technology, with 8423 MW of installed wind power capacity as of December 2018. This included 7800 MW from onshore wind in Scotland and 623 MW of offshore wind generators.

Latest figures from WeatherEnergy show the county's wind industry generated enough electricity to power 4.47 million homes between January and June this year.

Wind generation in Scotland continued its soaring upward trajectory through the first half of this year, with turbines producing enough electricity to power almost double the number of homes in Scotland, according to the latest figures from WeatherEnergy.

The energy generated by the country's wind farms between January and June could power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes, WWF analysis of the new data shows.

The results mean Scottish wind farms could power almost twice the number of homes in Scotland - meaning the country's wind power could also support much of northern England.

"These figures show harnessing Scotland's plentiful onshore wind potential can provide clean green electricity for millions of homes across not only Scotland, but England as well," said Robin Parker, climate and energy policy manager at WWF. "It's about time the UK government stepped up and gave Scottish onshore wind a route to market."

Scottish wind farm development has slowed sharply in recent years, despite significant public support, after the government blocked onshore wind farms for competing for pricve support contracts at auction.

Some projects have managed to sign direct supply agreements, known as Power Purchase Agreements, with businesses, but the industry maintains that the Westminster government could curb domestic energy bills by allowing cost competitive wind farms to compete for governmnent-backed contracts.

The latest figures show Generation fluctuated significantly through the period, peaking during a blustery February, when turbines Scottish turbines produced enough electricity to power 238 per cent of the country's households. The weakest performance occurred three months later in May, when they produced enough to power 2.7 million homes - which is still significantly more than all the households in Scotland.

The figures showcase the impressive ongoing performance of the industry, which through November last year produced power equivalent to 98 per cent of Scotland's total power demand, across all sectors of the economy.


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