Regular readers will have seen previous good news on our wind farm productivity and crucially day-to-day reliability. You’ll remember there were two days last and this year when the turbines produced 150% of our electricity needs. There’s been a big step up more recently with this news from WWF Scotland in Energy Voice yesterday:
‘Wind farms powered 4m Scottish homes last month. Wind turbines generated enough energy to cover two-thirds of Scotland’s total electricity consumption last month, according to figures. WWF Scotland described the weather energy data as “amazing progress” and urged politicians to maximise renewable opportunities.’
Also, I wrote a few days ago to describe the plans for:
‘The Biggest in the World!’ 270 tidal energy turbines to be installed to provide sustainable power to Scotland (ctrl click to open)
This will provide constant supply for 175 000 homes. Getting back to yesterday’s dramatic news, the report detailed the actual production levels over the whole of February:
‘Figures show that Scotland’s total electricity consumption from homes, business and industry in February was 1,984,765 MWh. Wind turbines contributed 1,331,420 MWh of electricity to the National Grid over the same time, enough to supply the average needs of all Scottish homes and up 43% on February 2016, when wind energy provided 929,417 MWh.’
As before, there were days when power output exceeded total demand. These will become increasingly common, regardless of wind levels in particular areas, as the number of wind farms increases, as the technology advances and, of course as the offshore floating platforms and tidal energy turbines come on stream. The tidal systems guarantee constant output and the offshore floating systems can be placed out into areas of more constant and stronger winds.
Barely a day passes without good news about Scotland’s energy supplies.