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Windy November Shattering Records in Scotland

The November wind output has broken all records in Scotland: On 20 out of 30 days the wind production outstripped total demand.

Image: K. RadtkeImage: K. Radtke

It's the first time, wind output broke through the 100% threshold on November, with 109% of total Scottish electricity demand being met from renewables, enough to power nearly 6 million homes. That also means that for 20 out of the 30 days, wind production outstripped demand.

Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, commented on the new record: “Wind power breaking through the magic 100 per cent threshold is truly momentous.  For months output has flirted around the 97 per cent mark, so it’s fantastic to reach this milestone. It’s also worth noting that 20 out of 30 days wind production outstripped demand. Most of this is onshore wind, which we know is popular, cheap and effective. But the UK Government needs to allow it to compete with other technologies, by unlocking market access for onshore wind if it’s to realise its full potential.”

WWF Scotland released the following numbers to show the dominance of renewable energy:

  • National Grid demand for the month – 1,994,839 MWh. What % of this could have been provided by wind power – 109%
  • Best day – 28th November generation was 116,599MWh, 9.59m homes, 391% households. Demand that day was 60,492MWh – wind generation was 192% of that.
  • Worst day – 26th November 22,677 MWh, 1.86m homes, 75% of households
  • How many days generation was over 100% of household electricity requirement – 28
  • How many days generation exceeded overall electricity demand – 20
WWF Scotland
Katrin Radtke
WWF Scotland, wind energy, November, record, electricity demand, renewable energy, UK, household

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