Scottish wind power ‘at record levels’ during October

The Drone Hill Wind Farm in the Scottish Borders.
The Drone Hill Wind Farm in the Scottish Borders.

Most of Scotland’s energy demand was met by wind power in October, according to a weather data firm.

WeatherEnergy said wind turbines were generating power at “record levels”, or 98% of the country’s requirement.

The level generated in October was enough to power nearly five million homes in Scotland.

Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland, said:“What a month October proved to be, with wind powering on average 98% of Scotland’s entire electricity demand for the month, and exceeding our total demand for a staggering 16 out of 31 days.

“These figures clearly show wind is working, it’s helping reduce our emissions and is the lowest cost form of new power generation.  It’s also popular, with a recent survey also showing more and more people support turbines in rural areas.

“That’s why it’s essential that the UK Government unlocks market access for onshore wind at a time when we need to be scaling up electrification of heat and transport.”

October’s best day generated enough energy to power over eight million homes.

Alex Wilcox Brooke, Weather Energy project manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency, said: “Octobers figures are a prime example of how reliable and consistent wind production can be, with production on 16 days outstripping national demand.”