Wind Power Scotland Sets New Wind Power Record
WWF Scotland’s published data revealed that wind turbines in Scotland set a new March record for the total amount of power sent to the National Grid since records began.
Analysis by WWF Scotland of wind power data provided by WeatherEnergy found for the month of March that: Wind turbines in Scotland provided 1,240,095 MWh of electricity to the National Grid, enough to supply, on average, the electrical needs of 136% of Scottish households (3.3 million homes) – this represents an increase of 81% compared to that of March 2016, when wind energy provided 684,632 MWh.
The 1,240,095 MWh of electricity sent to the National Grid by wind farms in Scotland represents a new record for an entire month of March. The previous highest recorded March output figure was in 2015, when 1,006,018 MW was sent to the grid.
Scotland’s total electricity consumption (i.e. including homes, business and industry) for March was 2,146,872 MWh. Wind power therefore generated the equivalent of 58% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the month.
On two separate days wind turbines generated output equivalent to more that Scotland’s total power needs for each entire day – equivalent to 102% and 130% of each day’s demand, respectively.
WWF Scotland’s director Lang Banks said: “Given this March wasn’t as windy as it has been in some previous years, this year’s record output shows the importance of continuing increase capacity by building new wind farms. As well as helping to power our homes and businesses, wind power supports thousands of jobs and continues to play an important role in Scotland’s efforts to address global climate change by avoiding millions of tonnes of carbon emissions every year.”
Wind power to accelerate
“However, the UK Government’s decision to end support for onshore wind is going to make meeting our international climate obligations much harder in the future. The reality is that if we are serious about cutting carbon pollution in the most cost-effective way, then we need every one of the political parties in Scotland to back the continued deployment of onshore wind power.
“It’s only with political backing for onshore wind from all of the parties that Scotland will be able to maximise the benefits to its economy, as we transition to a renewable future.”