Wind ‘could power every home in Scotland and north of England’

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Turbines in Scotland generated enough electricity to power 4.47 million homes between January and June.

15th July 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Scotland’s wind turbines produced enough energy to power almost double the number of homes in the country in the first six months of the year, figures show.

WWF Scotland research by Weather Energy found that between January and June wind turbines provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes.

That is equivalent to nearly twice the number of homes in Scotland, or the number of homes in Scotland as well as most of those in the north of England – “from Harris to Harrogate,” according to the charity.

Robin Parker, WWF Scotland’s climate and energy policy manager, hailed the figures as he called for the UK Government to do more to support renewable energy.

He 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 come two months after the UK went a week without using any coal power – the longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution.