Wind power provides 41% of Scotland’s electricity needs
Analysis by WWF Scotland of data provided by WeatherEnergy has found that for the month of December, wind turbines alone provided around 1,352,399MWh of electricity to the National Grid, enough to supply, on average, the electrical needs of 148% of Scottish households. That’s enough for 3.59 million homes – a record for 2015 – representing an increase of 6% compared to December 2014.
The top two months for wind power output were December (1,352,399MWh = 3.59m homes = 148% of Scottish households) and January (1,307,629MWh = 3.5m homes = 146% of Scottish households). However, wind generated enough power to supply over 100% of Scottish household needs during six out of the 12 months – January, February, March, May, November, and December.
Scotland’s total electricity consumption (i.e. including homes, business and industry) for 2015 was 25,161,916MWh. Wind power therefore generated the equivalent of 41% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the year.