January was the most productive month ever for wind energy, providing 14% of Britain’s electricity (4.13 terawatt hours) – enough to power the equivalent of 8.7 million UK homes.
The weekly record was also broken in January with 1.119 gigawatt hours generated, and the half-hourly record was exceeded on 2 January when wind supplied 31% of Britain’s electricity demand.
The news came as overall UK wind capacity (onshore and offshore) topped 12 gigawatts for the first time – a milestone for the country and enough to supply nearly seven million UK households.
A spokesman for Renewables UK, the London-based trade association, said: “The past few months have seen significantly high levels of generation for wind energy and January was no exception.
“It’s great to see wind making such a positive contribution to Britain’s clean energy needs at a cold time of year when we need it most, and this can only continue with greater capacity coming online – reaching 12 gigawatts is an achievement of which the industry and the nation can be proud“.