The energy demand in Scotland for October could have been entirely powered by wind turbines, WWF Scotland has said. The wind turbines created enough green energy to power five million homes. October 23rd was the day that Scotland’s wind turbines performed the best after generating enough energy to power almost 9 million households.
The worst performing day was October 18th when the wind turbines only generated enough energy to power 1.5 million homes. The majority of these were onshore wind turbines, with offshore one’s accounting for just 0.3% of the total output in October.
Statements From WWF Scotland and Severn Wye Energy Agency
Dr Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland, said: “What a month October proved to be, with wind powering on average 98% of Scotland’s entire electricity demand for the month, and exceeding our total demand for a staggering 16 out of 31 days. “These figures clearly show wind is working, it’s helping reduce our emissions and is the lowest cost form of new power generation. “It’s also popular, with a recent survey also showing more and more people support turbines in rural areas. Alex Wilcox Brooke, weather energy project manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency, said: “October’s figures are a prime example of how reliable and consistent wind production can be, with production on 16 days outstripping national demand.” If you are interested in reading their full statements, then visit the STV website.
Scotland’s Renewable Energy Vision
Scotland alone produces approximately a third of renewable power in the United Kingdom and is home to almost 70% of all wind turbine schemes. The Scottish government’s climate targets aim to generate 100% of their electricity from renewable sources.