Wind turbines generated the equivalent of Scotland’s entire power requirement on Sunday 7 August, according to figures from WeatherEnergy.

Environmental charity WWF Scotland said it was the first time this year that the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s power had been provided by wind farms.

Karen Robinson of WeatherEnergy said: “Electricity demand during weekends is usually lower than the rest of the week.
“Nevertheless, the fact that wind power was able to generate the equivalent of all Scotland’s electricity needs shows just how far renewables have come.”

‘Need for energy strategy’

WWF Scotland Director Lang Banks added: “While Sunday’s weather caused disruption for many people, it also proved to be a good day for wind power output, with wind turbines alone providing the equivalent of all Scotland’s total electricity needs.

“This major moment was made possible thanks in part to many years of political support, which means that across the year now renewables contribute well over half of our electricity needs.

“However, if we want this ensure we reap the many benefits of becoming a low-carbon economy we need to see this political support for renewables continue.

“We also need the Scottish Government’s forthcoming energy strategy to set a goal of securing half of all of our energy, across electricity, heat and transport, from renewables by 2030.”

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