Wind turbines in Scotland provided enough electricity to supply the average needs of almost all Scotland’s homes last month, according to a report.
The amount is enough to supply the average needs of 87% of Scottish households, WWF Scotland said.
The figures show Scotland’s total electricity consumption, including homes, business, and industry, in October was 2,080,065MWh, with wind power generating just 38% of Scotland’s power needs for the month.
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said, “Thanks to a combination of increased capacity and stronger winds, the output from turbines surged by more than a quarter compared to the same period last year, supplying power equivalent to the electrical needs of over two million homes.”
“As well as helping to power our homes and businesses, wind power is helping Scotland to avoid over a million tons of polluting carbon emissions every month.”
Karen Robinson of WeatherEnergy said, “According to the Met Office, Scotland had the sunniest and one of the driest Octobers since records began.”
Scottish Conservative energy spokesman Alexander Burnett said, “The SNP’s obsession with onshore wind energy is damaging Scotland’s countryside and ruining local democracy.”
“Of course wind energy has a place in Scotland’s energy mix, but only when the turbines are not ruining local scenery and upsetting those who have to see them every day.”
“SNP MSP Gillian Martin, who sits on Holyrood’s Economy Committee, said the latest wind power figures showed the Tories approach to energy is misguided.”
“The people of Scotland are well aware of the need for an effective energy policy fit for the challenges of the future, and it is wonderful to see the Scottish Government’s efforts to achieve this continue to pay off.”