Renewable Energy

Wind generates 98% of Scottish electricity demand in October

Wind turbines in remote part of Sutherland, Scotland, Europe. A wind turbine is a rotating machine which converts the kinetic energy in wind into mechanical energy. The mechanical energy is then converted to electricity

It has been announced that wind turbines across Scotland generated enough power to account for no less than 98% of the country’s electricity demand throughout October.

WWF Scotland said that National Grid demand for October was 1,850,512MWh, with almost all of it being provided by wind turbines.

Dr Sam Gardner, WWF Scotland’s senior director, said: “What a month October proved to be, with wind powering on average 98% of Scotland’s entire electricity demand for the month, and exceeding our total demand for a staggering 16 out of 31 days.”

He continued, saying that: “These figures clearly show wind is working, it’s helping reduce our emissions and is the lowest cost form of new power generation. It’s also popular, with a recent survey also showing more and more people support turbines in rural areas. That’s why it’s essential that the UK Government unlocks market access for onshore wind at a time when we need to be scaling up electrification of heat and transport.”

According to figures gathered by WeatherEnergy, even the worst performing day of October was enough to power more than 1.5 million households, while the best day saw 105.9MWH being generated; powering 8.72 million homes.

In other news, Spain has announced plans to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, and aims to fully decarbonise the country’s economy soon afterward.

The country’s social democratic government is committing to install at least 3,000MW of wind and solar power capacity every year over the next decade.

It is also to ban new licences for fossil fuel drills, hydrocarbon exploitation and fracking wells. The government is also to reserve a fifth of its budget for measures that can mitigate climate change.

Earlier last month the government banned its controversial “sun tax” that put a dent in the prosperity of the renewables sector.

Andy has worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years and has been published in some of the UK’s top newspapers. He is now the editor Commercial Waste Magazine and contributes to a large selection of headlines and blog articles on the site.

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