Scottish Wind Power Boom Generates Twice What The Country

Between January and June 2019, Scottish wind turbines produced enough electricity to power almost twice the number of homes in the country. WWF: ” These are extraordinary figures .”

Scottish wind power continues to grow rapidly, exceeding 8.4 GW of installed capacity.

Smooth sailing for Scotland’s decarbonisation process.

Literally. In the first six months of 2019, Scottish wind power set a new all-time record by providing significantly more electricity than the country’s domestic consumption.

Specifically, its 8.4 GW that its turbines generated from January to June up to 9,831,320 MWh; enough to cover the six-monthly needs of 4.47 million households, ie twice the number of households in Scotland. The production peak was recorded in March 2019 with about 2 million MWh generated by onshore and offshore wind turbines.

The data was processed by WeatherEnergy, a program to help the general public better understand the potential and contribution of renewable energy, led by the Severn Wye Energy Agency and part of the European EnergizAIR project. And it is the agency itself, in the words of manager Alex Wilcox Brooke, that underlines the importance of this record:

These figures highlight the size of Scottish wind power and why it now plays an important role in the UK energy market.

These are staggering figures, the wind energy revolution in Scotland continues to make steady progress. Across the country, everyone benefits from cleaner energy.

It is showing how to exploit Scotland’s abundant wind potential to provide clean green electricity to millions of homes not only in Scotland but also in England. It is time for the UK government to step up and give the Scottish wind a course for this market.

Today the nation can count on 8.4 GW of installed wind energy, but the potential is much larger: the most recent estimates speak of another 11.5 GW of potential on land and up to 25 GW off its coast.

Meanwhile, the good semester calms the spirits regarding the renewable objectives imposed by the government. Edinburgh hopes to be able to produce half of the country’s energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030, and given the start of 2019, the goal doesn’t seem too far off.

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