All of Scotland could have been renewables-powered in May



Figures from WWF Scotland suggest a massive increase in renewables energy production in May 2017 which could have more than met all our demand for electricity. With the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy supporting developments, the target of 100% by 2030 is looking a certainty. See this for my earlier account:

Scotland’s energy 100% renewable by 2030?

Here are the main points published in Scottish Construction Now:

  • Wind turbines in Scotland alone provided 863,494.63 MWh of electricity to the National Grid, enough to supply, on average, the electrical needs of 95% of Scottish households –an almost 20% increase compared to May 2016, when wind energy provided 692,896.1 MWh.
  • Wind generated enough output to supply 100% or more of Scottish homes on eleven out of the 31 days of May.
  • Scotland’s total electricity consumption (i.e. including homes, business and industry) for May was 1,857,566 MWh. Wind power therefore generated the equivalent of 46% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the month.
  • For homes fitted with solar PV panels, there was enough sunshine to generate over 100% of the electricity needs of an average household in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Lerwick.
  • For those homes fitted with solar hot water panels, there was enough sunshine to generate over 90% of an average household’s hot water needs in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee, Lerwick, Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling.

WWF Scotland has described this as ‘an energy revolution’ which looks to me to be well ahead of schedule. I think we already knew wind power was booming but look at those solar power figures too. Where are the figures for tidal power, I wonder?


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