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Scotland Sets New Renewable Energy Record With Wind Power

By Maria Cook

Scotland is often thought of as a land of tradition. Yet while many countries around the world have struggled to meet the increasing demand for clean, renewable energy, Scotland has lithely adapted. The European nation seems perfectly content to leave nuclear energy, which used to supply almost 100 percent of its electrical energy, behind in favor of wind energy.

Things have progressed so quickly over the past several decades, in fact, 25 percent of Europe's offshore wind resources are now located in Scotland. In valleys, on hills, and even atop mountains, massive wind turbines can be seen around the country, day or night, in constant rotation. 

And they've got a lot to show for it. According to Pacific Standard, 2017 has been a record-breaking year for Scotland, in terms of renewable energy. So far, in the first six months of the year, the country has generated 57 percent of the country's total energy use, and around one million megawatt hours of electrical power.

In June alone, the country's wind turbines produced the equivalent of six day's worth of electrical energy for the entire country--enough to power 118 percent of Scottish homes. This is good news, considering Scotland's goal of reaching 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020.

According to Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland, Scotland's recent record-breaking energy output "...shows the importance of continuing increase capacity by building new wind farms." Lang told Power-Technology that, "As well as helping to power our homes and businesses, wind power supports thousands of jobs and continues to play an important role in Scotland’s efforts to address global climate change by avoiding millions of tonnes of carbon emissions.”