In the month of October, wind turbines in Scotland generated approximately 982,842MWh, which is enough electricity to power just over 3 million homes in the UK. According to the WWF Scotland stats, that’s the equivalent of 28% of the electricity requirements for all of the UK.
Lang Banks, the Director of WWF Scotland said:
“While nuclear power plants were being forced to shut because of cracks, Scotland’s wind and sunshine were quietly and cleanly helping to keep the lights on in homes across the country. With wind power generating enough electricity to power 126% of the needs of every home in Scotland, it really was a bumper month for renewables in Scotland.
“Summer may be a distant memory, but for the tens of thousands of Scottish households that have installed solar panels to generate electricity or heat water, a third or more of their needs were met from the sun this October, helping reduce their reliance on coal, gas, or even oil.”
The figures come immediately after United Nations scientists published their latest report on global climate change, warning that without action the world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage.”
“The science is clear, if we are to prevent the worst impacts of global climate change, then the world needs to move away from fossil fuels. The good news is that here in Scotland we’re making good use of wind power to create clean electricity. However, if Scotland is going to meet its future climate change targets, then we need to see greater support for energy efficiency and renewable heat, as well as action to curb emissions from transport.”
It’s stats like these that prove wind turbines are a great resource for generating electricity.