Floating wind turbine

Strong winds last Sunday allowed wind power to meet all of Scotland’s electricity demand. On average, Scotland generates almost 60% of its electricity from renewable sources, but a big windy day set a record for wind power production. As of August 7, 106% of Scotland’s electricity demand was met by wind power.

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Sunday’s strong winds, reaching 115 miles per hour atop the Cairngorms and gusting in northern towns to over 60 mph, closed bridges and a disrupted ferry as well as rail service, but boosted wind power generation .

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The news came to us from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which conducted an analysis of the WeatherEnergy data. The report showed that Scottish wind turbines produced 39,545 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity that day. Total energy consumption in Scotland (including residential and commercial customers) was 37,202 MWh, a simple mathematical calculation tells us that wind power represented 106% of the country’s electricity needs on Sunday.

WWF Scotland previously reported that 2015 was a “big year” for wind and solar power in the country, and it looks likely that green power production in 2016 will be even better. However, a WeatherEnergy spokesperson noted that electricity demand is weakest on Sunday, which has contributed to this milestone. “Electricity demand on weekends is generally lower than the rest of the weekSaid Karen Robinson of WeatherEnergy. “However, the fact that wind power was capable of producing the equivalent of electricity for all of Scotland is a testament to how far renewables have come in Scotland.“.

Source: theguardian.com