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Scotland produces almost double the amount of wind energy required

Hill of Towie windfarm in Moray.
Hill of Towie windfarm in Moray.

Scotland produced nearly double the amount of wind energy required to power every home in the country between January and June 2019.

Figures provided by Weather Energy show that in the first six months of 2019 turbines provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes.

Scotland has around 2.46 million homes.

WWF Scotland claims the energy produced was enough to power Scotland “and also the north of England”.

Robin Parker, Climate and Energy policy manager said: “These are amazing figures, Scotland’s wind energy revolution is clearly continuing to power ahead.

“Up and down the country, we are all benefitting from cleaner energy and so is the climate.

“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.

“It’s about time the UK Government stepped up and gave Scottish onshore wind a route to market.”

The news of Scotland’s record wind generation also comes during the longest period the UK has gone without relying on coal power.

Alex Wilcox Brooke, Weather Energy project manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency said:“These figures really highlight the consistency of wind energy in Scotland and why it now plays a major part in the UK energy market.”

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