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12 November 2018

WWF Scotland

Press Release

Embargoed Until 00.01 Monday 12 November 2018

MAJORITY OF SCOTLAND’S POWER DEMAND MET BY RENEWABLES IN OCTOBER

+ October provided record wind power output in Scotland

Wind turbines were generating power at record levels this October across Scotland. Turbines generated the equivalent of 98% of all Scotland’s electricity demand or enough to power nearly 5 million homes. [1]

 

Dr Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland said:

 

“What a month October proved to be, with wind powering on average 98 per cent of Scotland’s entire electricity demand for the month, and exceeding our total demand for a staggering 16 out of 31 days.

“These figures clearly show wind is working, it’s helping reduce our emissions and is the lowest cost form of new power generation.  It’s also popular, with a recent survey also showing more and more people support turbines in rural areas. [2] That’s why it’s essential that the UK Government unlocks market access for onshore wind at a time when we need to be scaling up electrification of heat and transport.”

 

  • National Grid demand for the month –1,850,512 MWh
  • What % of this could have been provided by wind power –98%
  • Best day – 23rd October 2018, generation was 105,900.94 MWh, powering 8.72m homes, 356% of households.  Demand that day was 45,274.5MWh – wind generation was 234% of that.
  • Worst day –18th October 2018 when generation was 18,377.71MWh powering 1,512,568 homes, 62% of households.  Demand that day was 73,628.5MWh – wind generation was 25%
  • How many days generation was over 100% of households – 27
  • How many days generation was over 100% of demand – 16

 

Alex Wilcox Brooke, Weather Energy Project Manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency said:

“Octobers figures are a prime example of how reliable & consistent wind production can be, with production on 16 days outstripping national demand.”

 

Ends

 

Notes to Editors

 

[1] Part of a joint project to help the public better understand the nation’s renewable energy resource, the data is provided by WeatherEnergy, part of the European EnergizAIR project, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, led by the European Agency for Competiveness and Innovation (EACI). Severn Wye Energy Agency is the UK partner.

http://www.weatherenergy.co.uk

Wind data

 

Wind output (MWh)

 

Load Factor

Number of homes

% of all households

October ‘18

 

 

 

1,820,950MWh

43%

4,834,594

197%

October ’17

 

 

 

1,727,603

40%

4,586,759

189%

October ‘16

 

 

 

792,717MWh

21%

2,104,651

87%

October ‘15

 

 

 

625,341MWh

17%

1,660,270

69%

October ‘14

 

 

 

990,130MWh

33%

2,628,780

109%

 

 

Further technical information can be found here:

 

http://www.weatherenergy.co.uk/sites/default/files/About%20WeatherEnergy_technical%20%282%29_0.pdf

 

[2] Scottish Renewables PR

https://www.scottishrenewables.com/news/first-poll-rural-scotland-two-thirds-back-wind/