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Wind energy generated in Scotland is enough to power two Scotlands

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In the first six months of this year, wind turbines in Scotland have managed to generate enough energy to cover the entire countries domestic power requirements twice over. Between January and June 2019, figures from Weather Energy show that wind turbines contributed enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes, which World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland said was enough to power homes from Harris in the Outer Hebrides down to Harrogate in Yorkshire. These figures come after the longest ever period of time that the UK has gone without coal power.

Robin Parker, climate and energy policy manager at the WWF said, “These figures show harnessing Scotland’s plentiful onshore wind potential can provide clean green electricity for millions of homes across not only Scotland, but England as well.” Scottish Power was the first major UK energy firm to stop using fossil fuels in favour of wind power last year and announced plans to invest £5.2bn over the next four years to more than double its current renewable capacity.

The UK Government currently have policies in place which make establishing a strong UK onshore wind industry more difficult. Despite this, two-thirds of the British public think these policies should be changed as they have had a detrimental effect on the UK’s onshore wind industry. Since the policies on the construction of onshore turbines were introduced in 2015, planning applications for new wind farms plummeted by 94%.

 

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