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11 December 2017

NOVEMBER ANOTHER GREAT MONTH FOR RENEWABLES – NEW DATA

+ Turbines provided over three quarters of Scotland’s entire electricity demand during November

November winds again helped produce clean electricity for Scotland’s homes and businesses for the majority of the month, said environmental groups today (Mon 11 Dec).

WWF Scotland confirmed that wind power provided over three quarters of Scotland’s entire electricity demand during the month, and supplied enough electricity to power every single home in the country 25 days out of 30.

Analysis by WWF of wind power data [1] provided by WeatherEnergy found that:

  • Wind turbines in Scotland provided 1,651,050 MWh of electricity to the National Grid, 77% of Scotland’s entire electricity demand for the month
  • Wind generated enough power to potentially provide 4,529,629 homes with electricity, the equivalent of nearly twice the number of Scottish households (187%).
  • Wind generated output was sufficient to have potentially supplied 100% of total Scottish electricity demand on 7 November days.


WWF Scotland’s Acting Director Dr Sam Gardner said:

“Scotland’s renewable success story powered on during November. Over the course of the month Scotland’s windfarms generated the equivalent of 77 per cent of our total electricity demand. If we are to build on this success the UK Government must set out a route to market that encourages continued investment in onshore wind.

“Successive Scottish governments have set out a vision for renewables that has enabled the sector to flourish, drive down costs, create jobs and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The forthcoming energy strategy needs to build on this strong foundation and set out the ambitious vision and steps we need to take to heat our homes and make the transition to electric vehicles.”

Karen Robinson of WeatherEnergy said:

“It’s great to see renewables continuing to power Scotland, adding to the month on month evidence that greater investment in both renewables and storage is the way forward.”

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 for October 2017

 

Load

Factor

Wind output (MWh)

 

Equivalent number of households potentially provided

% of households

November 2017

40%

1,651,050 MWh

4,529,629

187%

November 2016

27%

989,574.89 MWh

2,714,880

121%

November 2015

32%

1,158,144 MWh

3,177,349

131%

 

24%

814,695.84MWh

2,235,102

92%

November 2014

 

 

 

 

National Grid demand for the month – 2,136,983 MWh

What % of this could have been provided by wind power – 77%

Best day – 27th November generation was 89,142MWh, 7.34m homes, 303% households. Demand that day was 65,798MWh – wind generation was 135% of that.

Worst day – 2nd November 11,531 MWh, 949,053 homes, 39% of households

How many days generation was over 100% of household electricity requirement – 25

How many days generation exceeded overall electricity demand - 7

Further technical information can be found here:

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

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