Wind turbines generated a record 10,392,439MWh of electricity in 2015, an increase of 16% compared to that of 2014, when wind energy provided 8,967,227MWh.
The top two months for wind power output were December with 1,352,399MWh of generated electricity, and January with 1,307,629MWh of wind-generated power.
Wind generated enough power to supply over 100% of Scottish household needs during six out of the 12 months – January, February, March, May, November, and December.
Scotland’s total electricity consumption, including homes, business and industry, for 2015 was 25,161,916MWh. Wind power therefore generated the equivalent of 41% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the year.
The Scottish Government has granted offshore planning consent for over 4GW of new projects including the Beatrice Offshore Wind Ltd and Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd sites in the Moray Firth which have a combined consented capacity of 1.86 GW and the Neart na Gaoithe, Inch Cape and SeaGreen Alpha & Bravo sites in the Firth of Forth which have a combined consented capacity of over 2.5 GW.
Scotland, estimated to have 25% of Europe’s total offshore wind resource, also has plans for floating offshore wind developments and has test and demonstrations sites at Aberdeen Bay, Hunterston and Methil. This is alongside the first free stream tidal array being developed by Meygen - when completed, the project will include up to 269 turbines submerged on the seabed, generating enough energy for 175,000 homes in Scotland.