National Grid figures show outstanding October for UK wind energy

 Wind farm thumbs_whitelee-wind-farm-from-the-airNew figures from the National Grid show that wind-driven electricity generation set new records last month.

Wind energy hit a record high – providing a 24% daily share of the UK’s electricity needs – on the 20 October, beating the previous record of 22% set in August.

Wind energy’s share of the monthly electricity mix was 12.3%, which easily beat last October’s share of 8%, and comes very close to the December record of 13%.

The new peak ‘half-hour’ record was also repeatedly broken. At the start of October the record high was 7,920 megawatts. This was broken over a number of days and now stands at a high of 8,100MW – enough to power 17 million homes at the time of generation.

In addition, the official statistics show that wind power generated more than nuclear for 11 full days over October, with the longest period being between the 17th – 24th.

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