Sorted! Enough wind power for 87% of Scottish homes in August

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From Energy Voice today:  

‘Wind turbines produced enough electricity to power nearly three million homes in Scotland last month, according to Weather Energy figures. The windy conditions led to a record August output, with turbines contributing enough energy to supply 115% of all Scottish households. August 24 was the most blustery day on record, reaching a capacity of 77 megawatts (MW). Acting director at WWF Scotland, Dr Sam Gardner, said: “We may have all been reaching for a sweater during August as the sun became a little shy after a glorious June and July, but the windy conditions produced the highest August output since 2014.’

It’s been some time since I reported on renewables perhaps due to the summer we had. See these earlier reports to remind you that this is a greater and longer-lasting phenomenon:

First subsidy-free onshore wind farm for Scotland?

Scotland’s world-first offshore wind farm electricity to cost less than half that of Hinkley Point C nuclear and has ability to withstand hurricanes.

Nearly 100 Scottish contracts awarded by Swedish wind-farm owners

Scotland’s offshore wind electricity generation capacity could be five times greater by 2030

Another 1 GWh wind farm taking our current supply up enough for 3 200 000 homes to be built in forest near Dumfries. 100% renewable energy by 2030? More like 1 000%.

Why floating wind farms offer the best solution for bird protection and energy generation in Scotland



7 thoughts on “Sorted! Enough wind power for 87% of Scottish homes in August

  1. Legerwood September 11, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    The article quoted seems to date from 2016 and does not seem to marry up with the title of this piece which mentions August or am I being a bit slow on the uptake? Careful how you answer that

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    • johnrobertson834 September 11, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Sorted! Thanks again for quick thinking. Want a job? No wages, no expenses, no uniform, no coffee but huge satisfaction at getting things right
      now and again.


      • Legerwood September 11, 2018 / 6:30 pm

        No COFFEE! Geez. That’s draconian conditions.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Ludo Thierry September 11, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Hi John – you’re dead right to call the Scottish renewables project a “..greater and longer-lasting phenomenon” – I noticed this snippet (below) a couple of days back (I forget which of the Highland papers it was carried in – but the scale of the developments with which Scotland is integrally involved are truly enormous. We’re just starting to see various focussed long-term initiatives come to the fore):

    The next step of the north east electrical link project between Scotland and Norway has been taken. NorthConnect has submitted planning and marine licence applications for the power cables, opening up the project to the formal consultation process.

    The NorthConnect project would see a 665km, 1.4GW power cable connection installed which, if given the go-ahead, will enable power to be transmitted between Great Britain and Scandinavia. The link promises to benefit the Scottish consumer by helping keep prices down as well as enabling renewable electricity generation in Scotland and Norway to be maximised.

    Richard Blanchfield, the NorthConnect Permitting manager in the UK, said: “The cables, which include a fibre optic control cable, will be able to transport energy both ways; they will monitor and respond instantaneously to meet the demands of either market and, crucially, be able to come to Scotland’s aid in the event of a ‘black start’ situation, ensuring our lights stay on.

    “NorthConnect is looking towards operation in 2023 so we are now continuing the permitting process.”

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    • Legerwood September 11, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Meanwhile what is happening to the Western Isles interconnector? Anything?

      Liked by 1 person

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