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Onshore wind

Onshore wind: FOI release (reference 4869)

Date received

6 January 2021

Date responded

14 January 2021

Information requested

On the Scottish Development International website the statement "Scotland has over 60% of the UK's onshore wind capacity" is made.

Could you please provide any analysis or discussion you have relating to Scotland's percentage/share of the UK's onshore wind capacity?


The source of the “Scotland has over 60% of the UK's onshore wind capacity” claim is derived from the UK Government’s ‘Energy Trends’ publication, which is available to view here regional-renewable-statistics (annual) and here energy-trends-section-6-renewables (quarterly).

The annual data for 2019 shows that the UK had 14,124.6 MW of onshore wind capacity, of which 8,352.1 MW was in Scotland, which works out as 59.1% of the UK’s total onshore wind capacity. The latest quarterly data for Q3 2020 figures are similar and the proportion remains at 59.1%.

I can advise that we are currently in the process of updating our website to reflect these figures and state that “Scotland has around 60% of the UK’s onshore wind capacity”.


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