Is This a Renewable Energy Tipping Point?
On Sunday, August 7, 2016, Scottish wind turbines contributed 39,545 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity to the national grid, more than enough to cover the entire country’s need of just over 37,000 MWh that day. Does this indicate a tipping point for renewable energy?
Maybe it does, in some ways. It proves that on some days, current installations have the capacity to cover an entire country’s needs. A long-term plan by the Scottish government has built the necessary infrastructure to support a growing renewable energy program. According to the Scottish government, renewable energy usage is higher than nuclear and fossil fuel generation and is up 26% since 2015.
However, this is just the beginning for the UK as well as many other countries. Additional government support, infrastructure, and private sector development are needed to advance the use of renewable energy to a scale large enough to power cities, states, and countries.
For more information, see The Guardian article Scotland wind turbines cover all its electricity needs for a day and the Scottish government report Energy in Scotland: Get the facts.