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15 July 2019

SCOTLAND’S WIND COULD POWER EVERY HOME ACROSS SCOTLAND AND NORTH OF ENGLAND

+ Scotland’s wind turbines produced enough electricity to power almost double the number of homes in Scotland between January and June 2019

+ Wind power output at record high during first 6 months of year.

Scotland’s renewable electricity output soared in the first half of the year, providing enough energy to power homes from Harris to Harrogate, said WWF Scotland today (Mon 15 Jul). [1]

The figures, provided by Weather Energy, show that between January and June wind turbines provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47million homes for those six months. That is nearly twice the number of homes in Scotland.  Or equivalent to the number of homes in Scotland as well as much of those in the north of England. [2].

Robin Parker, Climate and Energy Policy Manager said:

“These are amazing figures, Scotland’s wind energy revolution is clearly continuing to power ahead. Up and down the country, we are all benefitting from cleaner energy and so is the climate.

“These figures show harnessing Scotland’s plentiful onshore wind potential can provide clean green electricity for millions of homes across not only Scotland, but England as well.   It’s about time the UK Government stepped up and gave Scottish onshore wind a route to market.”

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

“These figures really highlight the consistency of wind energy in Scotland and why it now plays a major part in the UK energy market.”  

The figures released today come hot on the heels of the UK enjoying the longest ever period with-out coal power. [3]

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 output (MWh)

 

Load Factor

Number of homes

% of all Scottish households

January – June ‘19

 

 

 

9,831,320MWh

40%

4,47m

182%

 

 

 

 

June ‘19

 

 

 

1,365,662MWh

33%

3,746,672

153%

May ‘19

 

 

 

1,018,885MWh

24%

2,705,124

110%

April ‘19

 

 

 

1,553,156 MWh

38%

4.26m

174%

March ‘19

 

 

 

2,194,981 MWh

51%

5,827,641

238%

February ‘19

 

 

 

1,860,111 MWh

48%

5,467,598

223%

January ‘19

 

 

 

1,838,525 MWh

43%

4.88 m

199%

[2] There are 2.46million households in Scotland

https://www.gov.scot/publications/scotlands-people-annual-report-results-2017-scottish-household-survey/pages/4/

There are 2.01million households in the English local authority areas north of a line between Blackpool and York

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/adhocs/008604estimatednumberofhouseholdsfortheunitaryauthoritiesofengland2004to2016

English Local Authority

Number of households

Northumberland

    145,500

Carlisle

      45,500

Allerdale

      42,800

Copeland

      31,700

Eden

      21,500

County Durham

    232,700

Gateshead

      89,200

Newcastle

    130,800

South Tyneside

      66,100

Sunderland

    127,200

North Tyneside

      82,500

South Lakeland

      46,200

Barrow in Furness

      28,200

Darlington

      47,400

Hartlepool

      42,200

Stockton-on-Tees

      83,700

Middlesbrough

      60,500

Redcar & Cleveland

      62,000

Craven

      23,000

Hambleton

      36,700

Harrogate

      66,000

Richmondshire

      20,900

Ryedale

      22,800

Scarborough

      43,100

Lancaster

      61,300

Wyre

      46,200

Ribble Valley

      28,000

Blackpool

      62,200

Fylde

      33,400

Preston

      54,100

Pendle

      38,100

York

      87,100

[3] UK sets record of going a week without coal

https://news.sky.com/story/uk-sets-new-record-for-days-without-coal-power-11713755

 

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