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Wind powers Scotland’s homes

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Turbines generated an unprecedented amount of energy last month

Wind turbines generated an unprecedented amount of electricity to Scottish households during October.

WWF Scotland confirmed that Scottish wind power provided over 100% of electricity demand for the country for 15 days during the month and supplied enough electricity to power all of Scotland’s homes for 28 days.

Analysis provided by WeatherEnergy found that turbines in Scotland provided 1,727,602.73 MWh of electricity to the National Grid, 99% of Scotland’s entire electricity demand for the month, and enough power for 4,589,759 homes.

WWF Scotland’s acting head of policy Gina Hanrahan said: “No-one will be surprised that October proved to be a spectacular month for wind energy, with some high winds, including the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia.

“Fortunately our infrastructure coped well with the windy weather which provided enough to power nearly twice the number of households in Scotland and almost all of our electricity demand.”

Karen Robinson, of WeatherEnergy, said: “October was an extraordinary month and provides more evidence that greater investment in both renewables and storage is the way forward.”