ScottishPower has called for political support to develop more onshore windfarms after hitting a record high of power from the sector. Following completion of a £650million infrastructure project, ScottishPower Renewables has passed the 2,000 megawatt (MW) UK milestone. The company has now called for politicians and regulators to back the development of the industry in Scotland in order to keep up with an anticipated increase in demand. Chief executive Keith Anderson said it was now “cheaper, easier and faster” to build onshore windfarms. He added: “If the UK Government is serious about reducing carbon emissions and having enough clean power to support the huge expected growth in electric vehicles, then more onshore wind is essential. One new onshore wind turbine could power around 7,000 electric vehicles, but we need to act now to meet growing demand.”
Energy Voice 25th Sept 2017 read more »
Britain will need to boost its generation of electricity by about a quarter, Scottish Power has estimated. The energy firm said electric cars and a shift to electric heating could send demand for power soaring. Its chief executive also said there would have to be a major investment in the wiring necessary to handle rapid charging of car batteries. Keith Anderson was speaking as the firm reached the milestone of 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity. That equates to about an eighth of the British total. The figure includes Whitelee wind farm, on Eaglesham Moor, south of Glasgow, which has more than 200 turbines. Believed to be Europe’s biggest wind farm, it is capable of generating enough power for all of Glasgow’s homes. In the past 18 months, the Spanish-owned company has been installing nearly a quar ter of the British total, but the pipeline of work is coming to an end. Attention is turning to offshore wind. But Mr Anderson told BBC Scotland there would have to be a renewed surge in the building of onshore wind turbines if consumer demand was to be met.
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