Continued political support for onshore wind developments is required if carbon emissions are to be cut, environmentalists have warned. The call by WWF Scotland comes as the group published data revealing that wind turbines in Scotland set a new March record for the total amount of power sent to the National Grid since records began. Analysis of wind power data found for the month of March that turbines in Scotland provided 1,240,095 MWh of electricity to the National Grid – enough to supply, on average, the electrical needs of 136 per cent of Scottish households, or 3.3 million homes. This represents an increase of 81 per cent compared to that of March 2016, when wind energy provided 684,632 MWh. The 1,240,09 5MWh of electricity sent to the National Grid by wind farms in Scotland represents a new record for an entire month of March. The previous highest recorded March output figure was in 2015, when 1,006,018 MW was sent to the grid. Scotland’s total electricity consumption, including homes, business and industry, for March was 2,146,872MWh. Wind power therefore generated the equivalent of 58 per cent of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the month.
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