Scottish wind power smashes 100% production threshold

Scottish onshore and offshore wind power produced over the 100% threshold for the first time, generating enough energy to power 6 million homes.

The National Grid energy requirement for November saw wind produce over the required demand on 20 of 30 days.

Powering 109% of the total energy requirement, the new figures set a new record for wind generation in Scotland.

Gina Hanrahan, head of policy at WWF Scotland said: “Wind power breaking through the magic 100 per cent threshold is truly momentous. For months output has flirted around the 97 per cent mark, so it’s fantastic to reach this milestone.

“It’s also worth noting that 20 out of 30 days wind production outstripped demand.

“Most of this is onshore wind, which we know is popular, cheap and effective. But the UK Government needs to allow it to compete with other technologies, by unlocking market access for onshore wind if it’s to realise its full potential.”

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The National Grid said the best day for wind generation was the 28th November generation with produced 116,599 megawatts (MW), enough to power 9.59m homes.

How many days generation was over 100% of household electricity requirement – 28

Alex Wilcox Brooke, Weather Energy project manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency said: “Scottish wind power generation breaking the 100% barrier in November is historic and serves as a timely reminder of the importance renewable energy now plays in the UK energy market.”