Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Wind Energy Record (UK).

Highest amount of green electricity ever was generated by wind in the UK last week.

National Grid has confirmed that a record-breaking amount of clean electricity was generated by wind power in the UK last Friday, 29th November, achieving more than 6 gigawatts (over 6,000 megawatts) for the first time.

From 2.30 till 3pm, wind power produced an average of 6,004 megawatts (MW), which accounted for 13.5 per cent of the UK’s total electricity demand at that time – enough to power more than 3,410,000 British homes. National Grid measures electricity generation in half-hour periods.

The previous record, set on 15th September this year, was 5,739MW. That particular record for a half-hour period was shattered several times on Friday, with wind regularly generating more than 13 per cent of the UK’s total electricity demand, demonstrating a high consistency of supply.

RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber said: "Wind energy is consistently setting new records and providing an ever-increasing amount of clean electricity for British homes and businesses.

"We’re generating from a home-grown source which gives us a secure supply of power at cost we can control, rather than leaving ourselves exposed to the global fluctuation in fossil fuel prices which have driven bills up.

"Wind gives us a way to make a smooth transition from old-fashioned fuels to a new low-carbon economy. We’re also generating tens of thousands of green-collar jobs for people now working in the fast-growing British wind energy industry."

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