Wind turbines generated 123% of Scotland’s electricity last month

Vattenfall Clashindarroch wind farmScottish wind turbines exported 1,125,544MWh of electricity to the UK National Grid last month –  enough to supply, on average, the electrical needs of 123% of Scottish households (2.98 million homes).

Wind turbines generated enough output to supply 100% or more of Scottish homes on 22 out of the 31 days of January, according to data analysis provided by WWF Scotland.

Scotland’s total electricity consumption (i.e. including homes, business and industry) for January was 2,354,117MWh. Wind power therefore generated the equivalent of 48% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the month.

Lang Banks, Director, WWF Scotland, said: “With this kind of flying start to the year, I have little doubt that 2016 will be another record year for renewables. However, what happens in the longer term will be down to our political leaders.

“That is why, as we approach the Holyrood elections, we’d like to see each of the political parties commit to ensuring Scotland becomes the EU’s first fully renewable electricity nation by 2030. This is an ambition with real vision that would mean Scotland captures the full benefits of its renewable potential”.

In generating the monthly report, the following assumptions were made:

  • Average annual Scottish household electricity consumption – 4,435 kWh (this figure is greater than the UK average)
  • Number of households in Scotland – 2.42 million.
  • For wind power, live wind energy output data is aggregated from nearly 8 GW of currently running wind farms in the UK, together with data from UKWED which shows the capacity of wind energy installed in each UK region. Government data is used to provide the capacity factor of wind energy in each region. All of this data is combined by WeatherEnergy’s EnergizAIR computer model to produce a realistic estimate of how much energy has been generated by the wind turbines in each region.

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