Power demand met by wind turbines

Power generated by wind turbines has met the demand for electricity in the north and north east of Scotland for the first time.

The Press and Journal has reported that the renewable energy source successfully powered every home and every business in Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness at one time over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Energy minister Jim Mather told the news provider that the news was a key step in Scotland's bid to achieving its world-leading climate change targets.

"Nearly a quarter of Scotland's electricity demand is met by renewables, which resulted in Scotland exporting 18 per cent of the electricity generated here in 2008," he added.

"We are already on track to surpass our target of meeting 31 per cent of electricity demand from renewables by 2011, and onshore and offshore wind will play a part in exceeding our 50 per cent target by 2020."

Meanwhile, a recently-released report from Scottish Renewables and Scottish Enterprise predicted that offshore wind farms could create nearly 50,000 jobs across Scotland in the next ten years.