Campaigners celebrate record breaking figures by Scotland’s windfarms

Scotland’s windfarms produce more electricity than needed four days in a row with green groups claiming it is evidence of the benefit of a renewable future for Scotland

WINDFARMS in Scotland have broken previous records to produce more electricity than its demand over four consecutive days during the Christmas period.

The news came as a result of research carried out by the EU funded data firm Weather Energy in cooperation with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland.

On Christmas Day of last year, windfarms generated up to 153 per cent of Scotland’s household energy needs leading environmental campaigners to point to the huge progress that renewables have made over recent years.

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Commenting on the jump in electricity generation WWF Scotland’s director Lang Banks said: “Scotland can be proud that its record-breaking wind power output at the end of December, and resulting export of excess electricity through interconnectors to England, greatly contributed to what also proved a record-breaking week for wind power across the entire UK.

“Later this month, the Scottish Government is expected to publish its new energy strategy. We hope these latest wind power records embolden Ministers to aim high when it comes to the role renewables play in their forthcoming strategy especially in areas beyond the power sector, such as heat and transport.”

According to WE data, Scotland’s windfarms generated 119 per cent of required electrical national output on December 23, 132 per cent on Christmas Eve, 153 per cent on Christmas Day and 132 per cent on Boxing Day.

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For the month of December, Scotland’s total electricity consumption was over two million megawatts (MWh) with wind power supplying the equivalent of 53 per cent of the country’s entire electricity needs over the month.

Last year, charities such as WWF Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) called on the Scottish Government to launch an electrical revolution to increase sustainability, jobs and electric transport.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government told CommonSpace: “These figures are a clear example of the investment that has been put into national projects and local communities. Our aim will be to encourage more regional and local development and work alongside firms who want to invest in Scotland and renewable technology.”

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Comments

Scottish Scientist

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 19:44

Sure wind progress is good but as I am sure you know the wind doesn't blow all the time and don't forget that we missed a renewable energy back-up power supply open goal when we didn't grasp the opportunity to convert Longannet to biomass burning but just closed it.

I've got a renewable energy plan for when there is no wind but it doesn't look like the UK government has.

* Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power
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* Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power
* Scotland Electricity Generation – my plan for 2020

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Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland
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Deferd

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:10

When Scottish scientist above says WE in his report he is of course referring to the UK.He is not alone in doing this when talking about wind power wave power and solar power but people in Scotland should remember that Scotland can be self sufficient and can undoubtedly produce enough power to supply all Scorlands needs from wind power wave power and solar power of that there is no doubt so investment in these is essential for Scotland.The EU recognises this and continues to invest in it but of course the Westminster government will do anything and I do mean anything, to prevent Scottish independence and part of that ploy is to end funding for wind wave and Solar power in Scotland,they don't want Scotland to show any signs of self sufficiency because it will get more people realising that Scotland should be independent and doesn't need Westminster to control Scotlands assets.
The UK will never be self sufficient in power from wind wave and solar nor will England the reason is there are 55 million people in England to be provided for but only 5 million in Scotland so let's be clear about this and tell people like Scottish scientist above that we do not want our wind power wave power and solar power industry downsized just because it cannot supply Englands 55 million people we want it to be developed for Scotlands 5 million people so that when Scotland is independent we will have no need of power at huge cost from Englands nuclear power plant at hinkley point for which by the way , Scottish people are paying part of the cost.

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