Scotlandís Wind Energy Production Up 83% On Previous Year - 10th June 2015
Scottish wind farms have set a new record by producing 83% more energy than the previous year. The windfarms produced 924,000MWh of energy which equates to approximately 3.93 million homes. These figures relate to 162% of homes is Scotland and will surely put pressure on Amber Rudd Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to reconsider plans to cut subsidies.
The figures have been released as concerns grow over plans to cut subsidies for on shore wind farms. The Scottish minister Fergus Ewing wrote to Amber Rudd the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to warn her of the damage that cutting subsidies for on shore wind developments would have.
Removing subsidies would be a step backwards in terms of renewable energy and would slow efforts made to reach the renewable energy targets.
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said "Despite the fact that onshore wind power is clearly working, the continued development of this clean energy technology in Scotland is at risk as a result of UK plans to end support for the industry earlier than planned. Cutting support now for the lowest cost renewable technology would be a backwards step that will either see consumer bills rise or our climate targets missed."
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