Wind energy output ‘could power every home from Harris to Harrogate’
Scotland’s renewable electricity output soared in the first half of the year to provide enough energy to power all homes from across Scotland and north of England, according to new figures.
The figures, provided by Weather Energy, show that between January and June wind turbines provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes for those six months. That is nearly twice the number of homes in Scotland or equivalent to the number of homes in Scotland as well as much of those in the north of England.
Robin Parker, climate and energy policy manager at WWF Scotland, said: “These are amazing figures, Scotland’s wind energy revolution is clearly continuing to power ahead. Up and down the country, we are all benefitting from cleaner energy and so is the climate.
“These figures show harnessing Scotland’s plentiful onshore wind potential can provide clean green electricity for millions of homes across not only Scotland but England as well. It’s about time the UK Government stepped up and gave Scottish onshore wind a route to market.”
Alex Wilcox Brooke, weather energy project manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency, added: “These figures really highlight the consistency of wind energy in Scotland and why it now plays a major part in the UK energy market.”
The figures released today come hot on the heels of the UK enjoying the longest ever period with-out coal power.