Strong gusts saw wind turbines generate enough energy to meet 131 per cent of the energy needs of Scottish homes

Scottish wind power boosted by rotten November weather

Harsh weather conditions in Scotland over the winter have boosted wind power in the country by almost 40 per cent.

Environment charity WWF Scotland claims that November was the second highest month, after January, for power output from wind and that the energy generated was enough to power all the domestic homes in Scotland.

Scottish turbines provided around 1.2m MWh of electricity to the National Grid, which equates to approximately 131 per cent of the electrical needs of Scottish households (3.2m homes).

"As well as helping to power our homes and businesses, wind power is helping Scotland to avoid over a million tonnes of polluting carbon emissions every month,” said WWF Scotland's director Lang Banks. "These impressive figures go to show why Scotland is absolutely right to continue to back renewables in a big way."

"I hope that news of November's renewable output will help inspire other countries to follow our lead. Doing so would help kick-start a renewables revolution that would help transform our ability to address the threat of global climate change.

"However, if Scotland wishes to continue to set an example to the world on addressing climate change then it cannot just rest on its renewable laurels.

"If we are to meet our own climate targets then we must see the same levels of commitment we've seen on progressing renewable electricity in other areas of Government policy, especially in homes, heating and transport.”

Dennis Robertson, MSP with the Scottish National Party, said: "As the world meets in Paris to agree an ambitious and legally-binding new climate deal, these impressive figures demonstrate how Scotland is showing the way.

"Scotland can continue to be a world leader when it comes to renewable energy - which can boost the economy, create jobs and protect our environment - but this success must not be put at risk by the Tories' reckless decisions to cut support for renewables.”

The promising figures will be of little consolation to citizens living on the England-Scotland border, where thousands were driven from their homes over the weekend in the wake of Storm Desmond. Forecasts predict that further rain and potential flooding may strike the area again later this week.

In addition, Storm Barney, which was partly responsible for the high levels of energy generated by turbines throughout November, caused widespread damage to infrastructure.

Strong gust lefts many homes without electricity and rail networks suffered delays from trees falling onto the tracks.

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