Friday, August 23, 2013

Heatwave dampens green energy hopes in Scotland, and ...

Electricity units: The marketers equivalent of stepping down to gigawatt hours from terawatt hours is stepping down to kettles from houses.

Heatwave dampens green energy hopes | UK | News | Daily Express:
SCOTTISH Government plans to generate all of the country’s electricity from renewables have been blown off course by the summer heatwave.
Wind farm electricity output drastically fell away as a high pressure system throughout June, July and August gave the country a welcome break from months of rain.
Ontario's wind generation is much weaker in warmer months
The massive drop in energy production during the weeks of hot, windless weather has seen wind farm critics claim the strategy will see the “lights go out” in Scotland.
In total turbines produced 1,044GWh (gigawatt hours) of electricity in June, 4.7 per cent of the total 22,335MWh input from all sources into the National Grid.
In July that total dropped to just 726GWh – or 3.1 per cent, of the total.
The statistics for this month lie at 667MWh, which is 5.1 per cent of the total output.
During one week-long period at the height of the heatwave, one wind farm – Bilbster, near Wick – was generating enough to boil little more than 180 kettles, instead of the intended equivalent of 1,300.
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