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31 Aug 2010 01:08:10

Wind power produced in northern Scotland 'outstripped supply'

Wind power produced in northern Scotland 'outstripped supply'
The UK's wind power industry reached a milestone this weekend as output in one region exceeded supply for the first time.

Between 08:00 BST and 09:00 BST on Sunday August 29th, the turbines owned by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) in the north of Scotland produced just over 700MW of power, exceeding customer demand of slightly under 700MW.

The excess power was transferred to the grid for distribution throughout the UK.

Alan Broadbent, head of engineering at SSEPD, said on Monday: "Yesterday's milestone demonstrates that wind farms can produce substantial amounts of energy, as part of a diverse mix, and that electricity networks can accommodate it."

Power from SSEPD's turbines is distributed across the north of Scotland, including to Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness, through both underground cables and overhead lines.

The Scottish government is aiming for 50 per cent of the country's power to come from renewables by the year 2020, with a short-term goal of producing 31 per cent by 2011.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800045174-ADNFCR

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pg wrote:

31 Aug 2010

Supply = a source of power (or anything for that matter)
Demand = how much of the supply is needed ie how much demand exists.

Therefore in the above example supply exceeded demand rather than supply (the wind generated power) exceeding the supply (which IS the wind generated power)!

Good news though, things are going the right way!

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