WWF Scotland analyzed WeatherEnergy reports to determine how much electricity was generated through wind power for the country.
It turns out that 1,125,544 Megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity was supplied to the national grid thanks to wind power. There were also 22 days last month, in January, where the electricity generated from wind was enough to provide power for every home.
Although these numbers are 14% lower than the previous year, it still means that 48% of the country’s electricity consumption came from wind power alone.
WeatherEnergy’s Karen Robinson said:
“2016 has begun very much like 2015 ended, with wind power helping to supply large amounts of electricity to Scotland’s homes and businesses.
“All this renewable output is helping to avoid carbon emissions, something more important than ever as we begin to see the damaging impacts of climate change.”
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said:
“2015 proved to be a big year for renewables, and the latest data makes clear that 2016 is already off to a flying start, with wind power alone meeting nearly half of Scotland’s total electricity needs during January.”
He said that he had “little doubt that 2016 will be another record year for renewables” and that “What happens in the longer term will be down to our political leaders.
“That is why, as we approach the Holyrood elections, we’d like to see each of the political parties commit to ensuring Scotland becomes the EU’s first fully renewable electricity nation by 2030.
“This is an ambition with real vision that would mean Scotland captures the full benefits of its renewable potential.”