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Environmentalists rejoiced on Sunday as energy generated by high winds in Scotland was enough to power the entire country for the day, according to a new report by The Guardian.
The United Kingdom’s meteorology department released a weather alert regarding winds reaching 115 miles per hour above the Cairngorms mountain range.
The severity of the winds forced bridges to close, ferries to be cancelled and trains to be affected, however, renewable energy production soared despite the transportation turbulence.
The Scotland branch of the World Wildlife Fund analyzed data from WeatherEnergy, which showed that turbines in Scotland generated enough power to supply the whole country with energy for the day, with some left over.
A total of 39,545 megawatt-hours of electricity produced by the turbines entered the country’s National Grid on Sunday, but the nation’s total consumption stood at 37,202 MWh - over 2,000 MWh more than needed.
Demand for power during the weekends is generally lower than the workweek, said Karen Robinson of WeatherEnergy. Despite the reduced demand, Robinson said wind power’s ability to power the country singlehandedly on a summer day demonstrates the progress renewables have made in recent years.
The Scottish government’s spokeswoman reacted positively to the renewable energy breakthrough, saying authorities “remain fully supportive of low-carbon technologies, which offer a huge economic opportunity for Scotland and have a key role to play in our fight against the threat posed by climate change to our society and natural environment.”
Scotland is currently in the process of drafting a new energy strategy, which is set to be approved later this year and could include a new renewable energy usage target.
The World Wildlife Fund said that though it could not be confirmed, the phenomenon had not occurred in the past, and that Sunday’s milestone was the first of its kind to be recorded since data monitoring began in 2015.
By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com
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