Scotland Generated Enough Wind Energy to Power All Households, Twice Over

In just half a year, Scotland has produced enough energy from its wind farms to power all of its homes twice over.

Scotland Generated Enough Wind Energy to Power All Households, Twice Over
Offshore wind turbines, Aberdeen, Scotland Gannet77/iStock

Between January and June 2019, Scotland produced 9,831,230 megawatt-hours of electricity. That's enough energy for the country to provide power up to 4.47 million homes, nearly double the amount Scotland actually has, according to the WWF

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It's well known that Scotland has many wind farms, but this data from WeatherEnergy shows just how well these farms are operating in the northern country. 

Scottish government plans to clean up power supply

By 2030, the Scottish government hopes to be using renewable energy for half of its entire energy consumption. They also hope to eliminate CO2 emissions almost entirely from its energy infrastructure by 2050

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Given how well wind power performed in just one half of the year, these statistics appear do-able, and perhaps even on the cautious side. 

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Climate and energy policymaker at WWF Scotland, Robin Parker, said in a statement on Monday "Up and down the country, we are all benefiting from cleaner energy and so is the climate."

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Parker added that "These figures show harnessing Scotland's plentiful onshore wind potential can provide clean, green electricity for millions of homes across not only Scotland, but England as well." 

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Europe, in general, is home to some of the world's most ambitious wind energy projects. As an example, the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea officially opened in September 2018, according to Orsted, a Danish energy business.

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Scotland Generated Enough Wind Energy to Power All Households, Twice Over
Walney Extension map. Source: Orsted

The wind farm is currently the largest operational offshore one in the world, with a total capacity of 659 MW. It is capable of providing power for nearly 600,000 homes across the U.K. 

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