8% of the population but 28.5% of the wind-powered electricity


The UK as a whole generates up to 20 000 MW with wind power, on a good day, on and offshore. Scotland generates up 5 700 MW. I suspect Scotland does it more reliably due to more windy days but never mind that for the moment.

You’ll see that Energy Voice has concentrated on the UK performance:

‘Onshore and offshore wind farms in the UK supplied 35.6% of electricity generation, more than gas (31.2%) and nuclear (21.3%) between Friday 8 and Thursday 14 March. On its own, offshore wind generated 21.4% of all electricity required last week.’


A quick calculation reveals that Scotland produces 28.5% of all of the UK’s wind-powered electricity generation.

The 8% meme:

8% of the population but 20% of the space jobs!

8% of the population but 13% of the hotel investment

8% of the population, nearly 9% of the exports but only 5.25% of the imports

Return of the meme? Only 8% of the population but Scotland has 21.7% of all independent renewable projects in the UK

Still 8% of the population but now 30% of UK food and drink exports?

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

With only 8% of the population, Scotland’s maritime sector accounts for 25% of the UK maritime sector’s (GVA) contribution to the economy and is 17.5% more productive than the UK marine oil and gas sector. Once more, too wee, too poor?

Once again, it’s the ‘8% of the UK population but much more of something good’ meme. This time it’s 33% of employee-owned firms in the UK

Sources for wind-power data:




3 thoughts on “8% of the population but 28.5% of the wind-powered electricity

  1. Alasdair Angus Macdonald March 16, 2019 / 12:33 pm

    Remember that renewables potential in Scotland and in the territorial waters is 25% of the total for all of EUROPE. It is markedly greater than that for oil and gas, even when taking into account the rarely reported Atlantic fields yet to be developed. There are good environmental reasons for leaving much of the oil and gas where it is and focussing on renewables. From an international finance and British/English perspective, the renewables potential will replace the reason for the unionists opposing Scottish independence, which is that the oil and gas is what underpins the stability of the pound sterling and renewables will replace that. If these Jocks get independence, the pound sterling will be in the grubber, along with Scotland’s “share” of UK debt.

    We are Better Together not for Scotland’s good, but for Britain/England’s and the City of London’s. This is what Bodger Broon meant when he spoke of ‘pooling and sharing’ – we put all of Scotland’s resources into the Britain/England/City pot and we get a wee drap back.

    Apropos of nothing in particular, “Lord” Darling is on the board of a bank

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  2. Contrary March 16, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    8% of the population of the U.K., but 100% of the armed forces soon??

    This is weird, they (uk gov’t ) are planning a joint military exercise – Exercise Joint Warrior. Starting off near the Clyde for 2 weeks, starting on,,, strangely,,, 30th of March. I thought we needed all our troops to quell food Brexit riots on the 30th of March? I hope all these troops have brought their own rations, in fact, hope they are bringing extra food parcels with them. Apparently they’ll be practicing surveillance as well, so be on your best behaviour if you’re on the west coast:



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