A NEW record has been set for total wind power output in Scotland, prompting calls for even more wind farms to be built. Output in March jumped by over four-fifths compared with the same period last year with wind power generating the equivalent of 58 per cent of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the month. However, while the figures are welcomed by environmentalists, politicians in Scotland have been urged to back onshore wind power if carbon emissions are to be cut in the most cost-effective way. Analysis by WWF Scotland of data provided by WeatherEnergy found that turbines in Scotland provided 1,240,095MWh of electricity to the National Grid, enough to supply on average the electrical needs of 136 per cent of Scottish households or 3.3 million homes – an increase of 81 per cent on March 2016, when wind energy provided 684,632MWh.
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