High above rich arable land by the North Sea, three tall wind turbines, blades spinning wildly, have started generating electricity for the national grid with two social purposes: to sell energy and use the income to deliver hundreds of new homes in a scattered rural community while, at the same time, providing additional funds for similar schemes elsewhere in Scotland. The groundbreaking initiative is being hailed as a breakthrough in a distinctly different political climate from that in England. “What is happening here is a ‘first’ – relieving housing pressure by harnessing the wind for the benefit of everyone,” enthuses Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse. Bring two charities together, Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) and Community Energy Scotland (CES), in a new joint company called Berwickshire Community Renewables, and things certainly happen, thanks to one vital ingredient: wind. “We have lots of it,” says Helen Forsyth, chief executive of the housing association, which has 1,800 social homes in the old county of Berwickshire, in the Scottish borders. “It blows a lot up here.”
Guardian 19th April 2017 read more »
Slowly but surely, it is becoming fact that households and entire countries can run on clean, renewable energy. Costa Rica, for instance, ran on renewable energy sources for 285 days in 2015 and achieved similarly in 2016. Additionally, Denmark produced 160 percent of its energy needs in one day in July of 2015 via wind power. Now it has been reported that Scottish turbines provided 1.2 million megawatt hours of electricity to the National Grid-enough energy to meet the electrical needs of 136 percent of households in the country (or ~3.3 million homes). What’s more, 58 percent of Scotland’s entire electricity needs were met for the entire month. The Independent reported that on March 17 and March 19, enough energy was generated to power Scotland’s total power needs for an entire day. An analysis of WeatherEnergy data by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Scotland revealed that the amount of energy generated in March increased by a staggering 81 percent compared to the same month in 2016.
EcoWatch 12th April 2017 read more »