We all know that Scotland is the home of the UK’s wind turbines and that the blustery nature of its weather is absolutely perfect for them but have you ever thought about how much energy they actually generate – you’d be surprised! Severn Wye’s WeatherEnergy project has been monitoring how much electricity Scottish wind turbines feed into the National Grid and with the help of WWF Scotland has been trying to spread the word to help people better understand this extraordinary renewable resource.
During December wind turbines in Scotland provided 1,154,864MWh of electricity to the National Grid, enough to supply, on average, the electrical needs of 127% of Scottish households (3.1 million homes). The most impressive bit, however, was what it did over the Christmas holidays when wind power actually exceeded all electricity demand in Scotland over the 4 festive days…
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Demand during the 4 days over Christmas was undoubtedly lower than would normally be seen during a normal working day but that doesn’t detract from the fact that wind power generation on Christmas Eve was really something!
The story was picked up by The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/scotland-wind-turbines-more-electricity-country-needs-four-days-renewable-energy-power-national-grid-a7517066.html and is worth a read!
Karen Robinson, who works on the WeatherEnergy project said,
“It was only as recently as August 2016 that we first recorded a day where wind powered electricity generation exceeding demand, however, we’re starting to see more and more such days.
Given these figures, now is the time for serious consideration to be given to using more of this excess renewable electricity to help de-carbonise other areas of society, such as powering electric vehicles or heating our homes and businesses using non-fossil fuel technologies.”
WWF Scotland’s director Lang Banks said:
“These are astonishing new records, and underline the massive progress Scotland is making in securing an ever increasing proportion of its electricity needs from wind power and other clean renewable sources. Scotland can be proud that its record-breaking wind power output at the end of December, and resulting export of huge amounts of excess electricity through interconnectors, greatly contributed to what was a record-breaking week for wind power across the entire UK. By reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, we’re also helping to address the threats posed to people and nature by climate change."