Scottish wind power 'at record levels' during October

The vast majority of Scotland’s energy need was met by wind power over the month of October, according to a weather data firm.

WeatherEnergy claim that wind turbines across the country were generating power at “record levels”, generating 98% of the country’s requirement.

The amount of generated energy from wind in October was enough to power nearly five million homes across Scotland.

Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland said:“What a month October proved to be, with wind powering on average 98 per cent 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.

In 2016, California’s renewable energy firm SolarReserve commissioned the world’s first 24/7 solar power plant in the Nevada Desert; powering 75,000 homes for 3 hours a day.

“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 over eight million homes with 27 days generating over 2100% of Scotland’s requirement.

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.”