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Wind In Scotland Generates 107% Of Household Needs In November

Figures from WeatherEnergy released by WWF Scotland have shown yet another record-breaking month for the country’s renewable energy industry, with wind turbines alone generating 107% of all Scottish household needs for the whole month!

I get a real kick out of reporting on Scotland’s renewable energy industry, especially as — being stuck in Australia — I don’t have the luxury to cover my own country’s record-breaking renewable success (unless you consider repealing the carbon tax credit and attempting to destroy the country’s renewable energy target “record-breaking renewable success”).

Scotland’s wind energy industry generated 812 MWh of electricity in November, enough to meet 107% of all Scottish household needs for November — the equivalent of 2.6 million homes.

“While Torness nuclear power station had to be shutdown unexpectedly, November turned out to be another big month for wind power in Scotland, with enough pollution-free electricity generated to supply 107 per cent of Scottish households with the electricity they need,” said WWF Scotland’s director Lang Banks. “Even on calmer days, when wind wasn’t at its strongest, wind still supplied the equivalent of almost a third of electricity needs of every home. It’s clear that wind is now a critical and growing part of our current power sector.”

Scotland repeatedly pops up on my radar, month after month, with some sort of renewable energy record or news. Late last month, independent trade body Scottish Renewables reported that renewable energy made up the largest source of power over the first six months of 2014, generating 32% more electricity than any other single source of power.

On top of all of this, this month’s numbers are in fact a downturn from October’s, where wind energy generated 126% of all household needs for Scotland.

All in all, covering Scotland’s renewable energy sector is a lot of fun.

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