Turbines generate equivalent of 98% of all Scotland’s electricity demand after record October output

The majority of Scotland’s power demand in October was met by renewable energy sources after a record month for wind power output.

New figures from WWF Scotland revealed that turbines generated the equivalent of 98% of all Scotland’s electricity demand or enough to power nearly five million homes.

Dr Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland, said: “What a month October proved to be, with wind powering on average 98 per cent 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.”

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

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