Is Scotland as the ‘Saudi of wind’ concept getting more real? ‘Wind and waves?’ Solar too?



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.

‘Scotland ‘Saudi of wind’ or ‘Gagging on Wind Power’

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:

Stormy Monday: Wind generates 206% of Scotland’s energy needs in one day!

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:

£20 million Scottish renewable energy storage unit for Broxburn will be first in UK

Storing Scotland’s massive renewable energy production

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.


8 thoughts on “Is Scotland as the ‘Saudi of wind’ concept getting more real? ‘Wind and waves?’ Solar too?

  1. Alasdair Macdonald October 12, 2017 / 9:29 am

    What do you think the six men whom you have pictured at the top of your SNIB article will have to say about this proposal?

    Following the shady action by Messrs Blair and Dewar in c1998 to shift the Scotland/England sea border in favour of England, perhaps we should check if this line has not been extrapolated northwards then west at Buchan Ness and north again at the Blackisle? I am told that when dealing with globes, and not many people have studied geometry to that degree, straight lines are not straight lines but ‘rhumb’ lines or in the case of Westminster, RUM lines!

    The 25% figure for all of Europe’s renewables being in Scottish territory has been pretty well accepted for several years now.


  2. johnrobertson834 October 12, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Not happy bunnies I suspect?

    Re the sea border – very rum deal indeed but it still leaves us with the Lion’s share plus all the Atlantic coast

    O Grade Maths only so no knowledge of rhumbs


    • Alasdair Macdonald October 12, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      What if the RUM line does not stop in the Moray Firth, but goes up to John O’Groat’s, through the Pentland Firth, along the top then south, through the Sounds of Raasay and Sleat and stopping at Rum? That would keep Orkney and Shetland and the Atlantic Shelf in English/UK waters.

      Paranoid? Naw, no me!


      • johnrobertson834 October 12, 2017 / 2:40 pm

        No you are Alasdair. The others have emailed me to say so.


      • Jon October 12, 2017 / 5:40 pm

        Alistair Camichael and his illiberal chums will be working hard to persuade islanders that it’s better to give their oil and renewable wealth to England than be part of an independent Scotland. It’s a Westminster civil servant idea that goes all the way back to the early 70’s

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  3. johnrobertson834 October 12, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Thanks ClydeBuilt. Maybe we should just let them have a wee bit more? Most of the oil and gas is still north of the border.


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