Christmas bonus for clean energy as wind power breaks 10,000MW record
A new record output for UK wind farms was reached yesterday (7 December), with more than 10,000MW of electricity generated by wind turbines for the first time.
Figures from the National Grid reveal that a record 10,104MW was generated from onshore and offshore between 2pm and 2.30pm. This equates to 23% of Britain’s entire electricity demand for the day.
The news was heralded by trade body RenewableUK, whose executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “It’s terrific to see wind power smashing another record.
"It 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 green energy company Good Energy - which owns the first commercial wind farm in Cornwall - added: "This is a fantastic achievement for wind power and for renewables 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."
Last year saw record-breaking generation levels for both onshore and offshore wind in the UK, with wind farms setting new weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual records. National grid data revealed that 11% of the UK’s electricity was sourced from wind power in 2015 – up from 9.5% the previous year.