Scotland's wind turbines are becoming increasingly efficient at meeting the nation's power needs
Wind turbines produced double the amount of power required to meet Scotland's electricity needs Monday, according to researchers.
Environmental group WWF Scotland said Friday that analysis of data provided by WeatherEnergy showed the country's wind turbines sent 86,467 megawatt hours of electricity to the National Grid on Monday.
That day, total electricity consumption in Scotland – including homes, industry and businesses – was 41,866 megawatt hours, WWF Scotland said, meaning that wind power produced the equivalent of 206 percent of the nation's needs.
My comment: Although renewable energy is advancing in leaps and bounds it does have to address the stability of baseload power (sustained power generation when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing). Generally how this is tackled is with a mix of generation types (wind, solar, nuclear - where ideally we'd be phasing nuclear out in a few years) spread out geographically, with smarter grids to redistribute power where it is needed (and we are already seeing power sharing between nations where there is excess renewable energy eg. in Europe), and with grid storage (mostly still hydro type storage but massive battery technology is also now coming online). It's a combination of all of this that is needed to go fully renewable over extended periods.
See Scotlands advances with wind at http://cnb.cx/2xm3Exz