Wind energy sets new generation record of 11% of UK electricity

A rural windfarmWind energy generated a new record monthly high of 11% of the UK’s electricity in February, producing 2,750,086MWh (megawatt hours) – enough to power more than six and a half million homes.

Official National Grid figures show that wind is playing an increasingly important role in our electricity mix – the previous monthly record (10% of the UK’s electricity from wind) was set in December last year, which broke a record set in October 2013

A number of other records have been set in the strong winds of the past few months: on 31st January, wind generated an all-time half-hour high of 6,215MW (megawatts), and on 23rd February wind supplied a daily record of 17% of UK electricity demand.

A spokesman for Renewable UK said: “To meet the energy needs of homes and businesses throughout the UK, it’s vital that we keep on harnessing one of Britain’s best natural resources. This makes us less reliant on expensive imported energy from volatile international energy markets”.

  • Today’s ‘energy clock’ published at 8.45am this morning by the Scientific Alliance – which daily provides data direct from the National Grid – shows the following percentage of UK electricity generated by various power sources, as follows;  – Coal  37%

    – Gas 33%

    – Nuclear 16%

    – Wind 3.7%

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