Trump declared in 2012 that “wind is a very inefficient form of energy” but the so-called experts at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy didn’t get the memo, recording a record rise in renewable energy generation in 2017 due to improved storage capacity and higher wind speeds. It is estimated the equivalent of 68 per cent of gross electricity consumption in Scotland came from renewable sources last year, up 14 points from 54 per cent in 2016. And it didn’t stop there, according to those snowflakes at WWF Scotland and WeatherEnergy who reported even more record-breaking generation in the first three months of 2018. Scottish onshore wind turbines provided 5,353,997 MWh to the National Grid, an increase of 44 per cent on the same period last year. In January alone, renewable wind powered the equivalent of over five million homes, well over twice the number of households in Scotland, they said. Trump will no doubt take solace in the wildly intermittent power generation, but even on the calmest day, Scottish turbines produced enough energy to power a city the size of Glasgow and when the wind really got up, they could have powered Scotland four times over.
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