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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Renewables Generate New Scottish Electricity Production Record

June saw record wind power generation in Scotland, boosting output for the first half of 2017 by 24% on the same period a year earlier.

An analysis of data from WeatherEnergy by WWF Scotland states that wind generated enough power to supply the needs of 124% of Scottish households between January and June. Wind turbine output in June rose to its highest ever at 1,039,001 MW.

On six different days last month, wind turbines generated enough power to supply more than all of Scotland's total national demand. The best of these was 67,779 MW on 06 June, providing enough power to supply 5.68 million homes.

During the first six months of the year, wind turbines provided 6,634,585 MW of electricity to the National Grid - enough to supply the needs of nearly three million homes.

Sam Gardner, acting director of WWF Scotland, said the first half of the year had been “incredible” for renewables.

“Scotland is continuing to break records on renewable electricity, attracting investment, creating jobs and tackling climate change.”

Kenneth Gibson added:

“Energy policy consistency over a decade from the SNP Government has given companies room to invest in renewable energy, making Scotland the greenest and cleanest part of the UK.

“We will continue to fight against climate change by leading the renewables revolution in the UK. Of course, from transport to heating our homes, there is much more to be done to improve energy efficiency, reduce demand and reduce our carbon footprint even further.”



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