Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Scotland Running Out of Land for Wind Farms

The Boxing Day edition of Herald Scotland carried two excellent news stories here and here on Wind Turbine renewable energy projects in Scotland and the fact they are reaching capacity with 1349 wind turbines already built and a further 2738 turbines being progressed. Needless to say that neither of these important news stories seemed to have made the wider British press despite its significance for England and Wales.

Also published recently was the Energy Trends Report for Quarter 3 of 2011 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The tables at the end show that Offshore Wind Farms generate much greater Gigawatt hour of electricity per megawatt capacity than what Onshore wind farms do, but we must wait for the 4th Quarter publication of Energy Trends before we can make detailed comparisons over the last 3 years.

Finally this is a link to an interactive RenewablesUK map which shows where windfarms in their various forms of development are located. What surprises me here is the large number of Wind Farms located on the North East coast of Scotland...I was always led to believe that the west i.e. Wales was the best place to locate windfarms...clearly not the case according to this map.


Syd Morgan said...

If we and the Scots are full up now, I look forward to their being located on the Chilterns, North & South Downs, English Lake District, etc. #irony.

I always thought Mynydd y Garth, just north of the capital, was "ideal" for these monsters, but then I discovered that Jane "Chocolate" Davidson AM lived underneath!

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Some within Plaid Cymru believe that turbines must be built in Wales because of greater wind speed in the west, so why is the North East of Scotland covered with them? Wind speed perhaps; doesn't the same argument apply to East Anglia?

Cath said...

Nid sylw ar y pwnc ond diolch i WrecsamPlaid am yr holl ddarllenwyr sydd wedi dilyn y ddolen i'm blog i a blwyddyn newydd dda

Plaid Whitegate said...

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i ti hefyd Cath - dwi wedi mwynhau darllen dy flog a dysgu ychydig am ardal yr Asturias.