Wind power output in Scotland hit a record high during the first six months of 2019, according to figures from Weather Energy. It has calculated the energy produced by turbines could power every home in Scotland and part of the north of England. The period to June, it claimed, saw the equivalent of 4.47 million homes’ consumption supplied by wind power. WWF Scotland has described the trend as a “wind energy revolution”.
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Scotland produced nearly double the amount of wind energy required to power every home in the country between January and June 2019.
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Overall, renewable energy generation hit an all-time record in Scotland last year, at the equivalent of three quarters of gross consumption. The UK Government measured overall output at 26,708 gigawatt hours (GWh) – a six per cent increase on the previous record set in 2017. Electricity output at such a level represents the equivalent of powering all households in the country for more than two-and-a-half years. The upbeat numbers, however, do not tell the whole story. Scottish Power, for example, believes Scotland will have to quadruple renewables output to replace fossil fuels being burned for transport and heating. Scotland has Europe’s worst record on renewable heat. New figures reveal that, despite an excellent record on clean electricity, the country remains dangerously dependent on climate-changing gas in order to stay warm. Only 6% of all heating in Scotland is sustainable – just one tenth of the proportion in Sweden, the best performing nation in the EU-28. Scotland is close to the top of the EU league table for renewable electricity but right at the bottom for renewable heat. Combined with transport, this means an overall rate of renewable energy slightly above average, at around one fifth. Scotland’s central heating systems are usually gas-fired and a race is on to provide simple solutions to enable householders to replace their current boilers – as and when they are due for an upgrade – with electric ones.
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RENEWABLES researchers argue that wind turbines north of the border could power every home in Scotland and more – but energy union GMB says this is a “ludicrous” claim. New figures from Weather Energy show wind power output reaching a record high in the first six months of this year. Environmental campaign WWF said today that these onshore turbines could power 4.47 million homes – double the number of households in Scotland. Scotland’s onshore wind supply could power homes “from the Isle of Harris to Harrogate” in Yorkshire, WWF Scotland energy and climate chief Robin Parker said. “These are amazing figures,” he added. “Scotland’s wind energy revolution is clearly continuing to power ahead. “Up and down the country, we are all benefiting from cleaner energy and so is the climate.” But GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith noted that four-fifths of energy used in Scotland “doesn’t come from electricity,” with the rest accounted for by oil-based fuels and home gas supplies. “The vast majority of homes in Scotland are heated by gas,” he said. “Any idea we are going to move to electric heating any time soon is nonsense.
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