On September 12th, Energy Voice headlined ‘Saudi of wind’ or ‘Gagging on Wind Power’. At the time it seemed, even to an enthusiast like me, a bit OTT. However, this latest announcement of another giant floating wind-farm off the Moray coast will push Scotland’s wind-power output into that kind of scale.
EDP’s new Moray West proposal for 90 turbines will generate power for a further 750 000 homes or equivalent.
Existing and forthcoming wind-farms will soon be generating enough to supply the equivalent of 2 725 000 homes.
I wrote this in August:
‘Developers EDPR have put in proposals for another massive offshore windfarm off the Moray coast to take advantage of the high and sustainable winds constantly available there. It will be able to power 750 000 homes. We already know of the Beatrice (Moray coast), offshore windfarm which will do 450 000 homes, the 45MWh Neart na Goithe off Fife which will do 325 000 homes (1 million people) and the 50MWh Kincardineshire floating offshore farm which will presumably do even more, say 500 000 homes. Add to that the Pentland Firth tidal energy plant which will power 700 000 homes and you have a total of around 2 725 000 homes.’
‘Saudi of wind and waves’ might be better? Scotland gets around 25% of all of Europe’s wind energy and probably a comparable percentage of all its wave energy. Saudi Arabia has or had around 22% of the world’s oil supplies, so close?
So, the new proposal will take us up to the equivalent of 3 475 000 homes which of course we don’t actually have. I think we have around 2.3 million homes. Also, even the current system can produce more than we can handle:
That was enough for 7 million homes. Storage is of course still a challenge given this output but progress is being made. See these previous reports:
I’m happy with the ‘Saudi of wind and waves’ as long as we’re not the ‘Saudi’ of anything else. I’ll leave you to think of the titles we don’t want and then quickly cut them off from your thinking.