On- and offshore wind power generates record 23% of British electricity

A Solway Firth wind turbine farm
A Solway Firth wind turbine farm

The National Grid has announced that onshore and offshore wind-turbines have set a new record by generating more than 10,000 megawatts of electricity for the first time.

The record of 10,104MW was achieved between 2 and 2.30pm on 8 Dec 2016, providing 23% of Britain’s total electricity demand at that time.

A spokesman for the trade association Renewable UK commented: “This shows that wind is playing an increasingly central role as a reliable part of our new modern energy system. 

“As we install more wind power, more records will tumble. This is a Christmas clean energy bonus – not just for the renewable energy sector, but for all of us”.

Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive of 100%-renewable Good Energy – which owns the UK’s first commercial wind farm in Cornwall – said;

“This is a fantastic achievement for wind power and renewable energy in the UK. Wind has transformed the way the UK has sourced electricity in recent years, so this is a great cause for celebration.

“This shows that the transition from big old-fashioned power stations to local, decentralised renewable sources is here. The move to a 100% renewable future is possible and definitely within Britain’s grasp.”

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