Wind power provides 44% extra energy to National Grid

Wind power provides 44% extra energy to National Grid

Wind turbines in Scotland provided a 44 per cent increase in power to the National Grid during the first quarter of 2018, environmental groups say.

The rise in electricity compares with the same period in 2017.

In January alone, renewable wind from onshore turbines powered the equivalent of more than five million homes.

Analysis of WWF wind power data by WeatherEnergy found wind turbines provided over 5,353,997 MWh of electricity to the grid during the quarter.

This is enough power to provide the equivalent of approximately five million homes with electricity on average over the quarter.

Dr Sam Gardner, WWF Scotland's acting director said: "Renewables have provided an incredible amount of power during the first three months of this year.

"An increase of 44 per cent on the record-breaking equivalent period in 2017 is clear evidence the investment made in this technology has paid off for the economy and the environment, putting Scotland at the forefront of the fight against climate change."

The statistics for the first quarter of 2018 follow data showing that 68 per cent of Scotland's overall electricity demand was from renewables in 2017. 

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