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Wind turbines generated 118 per cent of the energy required by Scottish households last month

Scotland experienced record wind power generation in June with an overall increase of 24 per cent for the first half of the year in comparison to 2016.

Approximately 1,039,001MWh of electricity was generated in June by wind according to WWF Scotland which used data provided by WeatherEnergy.

The amount generated last month is equivalent to 118 per cent of the demand from Scottish households.

But when taking into account the country’s full consumption, including industrial and commercial uses, wind turbines only generated six days worth of electricity in the first half of this year.

Sam Gardner, acting director of WWF Scotland, was buoyant about the figures saying that 2017 had been an excellent year for renewables.

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

“If we want to reap the same rewards in the transport and heating sectors we need the Scottish Government to put in place strong policies on energy efficiency and transport in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.

“That’s why we’re calling on people to act for our future and tell the First Minister they want a strong climate bill that will deliver a fairer and healthier low-carbon Scotland.”

The first half of this year eclipsed the previous record-breaking period, from January to June 2015, by 24 per cent in terms of energy generated by wind.

According to the Scottish government, the country is home to 25 per cent of Europe's offshore wind resources and the low-carbon and renewable energy sector supports more than 58,000 jobs in total.

Karen Robinson, of WeatherEnergy, said: “It’s great to see this data confirm that Scotland is knocking it out of the park on wind power with total output for June in particular up on the same period compared to the past two years.

“There’s no doubt renewables are helping households increasingly avoid fossil fuels for their electricity needs.”

Scotland’s energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “It’s great to hear renewable electricity generation in Scotland has reached a new record high. In the first quarter of this year, generation was up by 13 per cent compared to the same period last year, there was also a 16 per cent increase in capacity, and more than half of all gross electricity consumption in Scotland continues to come from renewables.

“Scotland’s total installed renewable capacity, that’s the amount of renewable electricity we are capable of producing, now stands at 9.3GW – four times what it was only a decade ago. These statistics reinforce our country’s reputation as a renewable energy powerhouse and are a vindication of the Scottish government’s energy policy.”

In March the construction of eight floating wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen were approved by the Scottish Government. 

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