Wind turbines generated an “unprecedented” amount of electricity to Scottish households during October, environmental groups have claimed.
WWF Scotland has confirmed that the gusty weather helped provide over 100% of electricity demand for 15 days during the month and supplied enough electricity to power over 100% of Scotland’s homes on 28 days in October.
Analysis by WWF of wind power data found that turbines provided 1,727,602.73 MWh of electricity to the National Grid – 99% of Scotland’s entire electricity demand for the month.
And wind power provided electricity to 4,589,759 homes, the equivalent of nearly twice the number of households in Scotland (189%).
WWF Scotland’s Acting Head of Policy Gina Hanrahan said: “No-one will be surprised that October proved to be a spectacular month for wind energy, with some high winds, including the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia.
“Fortunately our infrastructure coped well with the windy weather which provided enough to power nearly twice the number of households in Scotland and almost all of our electricity demand.
“This is more good news for renewables which continue to power our homes and businesses with clean electricity.”