Calm summer takes wind out of strategy
GOVERNMENT plans to generate all of Scotland’s electricity from renewables have been blown off course – by the summer heatwave.
Windfarm electricity output drastically fell away as a high-pressure system – bringing warm, settled weather – dominated the country for weeks. Critics called for a change of official government policy to prevent higher consumer prices and fears of the “the lights going out”.
New figures have revealed output from windfarms changed dramatically day-to-day over the summer. In June, turbines produced 1,044GWh (gigawatt hours) of electricity representing 4.7% of the total 22,335MWh (megawatt hours) input from all sources into the National Grid. In July wind was responsible for 726GWh, or 3.1%, of the total. And so far this month wind turbines have contributed 667MWh into the grid, or 5.1% of the total input.
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