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Wind turbines generating “record levels” of power

Written by Michelle Rodger

Most of Scotland’s energy demand was met by wind power in October, according to weather data firm, WeatherEnergy.

The company said wind turbines were generating power at “record levels”, or 98% of the country’s requirement, generating enough to power nearly five million homes.

Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland, 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.

“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.”

October’s best day generated enough energy to power more than eight million homes or 356% of households. National Grid demand for the month was 1,850,512 MWh and almost all of that could have been provided by wind turbines.

Alex Wilcox Brooke, Weather Energy project manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency, said: “Octobers figures are a prime example of how reliable and consistent wind production can be, with production on 16 days outstripping national demand.”

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Michelle Rodger

Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist who co-founded an award-winning IT business before launching Tartan Cat Communications. A social media and crowdfunding expert she manages media and communications for Business for Scotland.

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  • Turbines generated the equivalent of 98% of all Scotland s electricity demand or enough to power nearly five million homes last month, the group said.

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