Wind accounts for record 10% of UK electricity

This week has seen a UK wind power record; over 10% of our electricity supply came from the renewable source. At midday on Tuesday this week the 3,000 MW milestone […]

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By Tom Gibson

This week has seen a UK wind power record; over 10% of our electricity supply came from the renewable source. At midday on Tuesday this week the 3,000 MW milestone was achieved, says the National Grid.

At 11:58 am on Tuesday 6th September, wind power was supplying 7.2% of the total amount of electricity on the Grid, 3,021 MW. National Grid report the actual amount of electricity generated during this period by wind was even higher because nearly a third of all wind turbine capacity in the UK is connected directly to local electricity networks, and not to the Grid. The extra 1,500 MW from local networks makes a total of 4,500 MW and is more than 10% of the UK’s electricity supply.

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, said “These record-breaking figures show that wind energy is providing ever-increasing amounts of electricity to homes and businesses across the country. It makes a strong case for installing even greater capacity, so that we can make the most of the bountiful wind resource we have in Britain. The benefits are clear; we are generating clean energy, cutting down on expensive and insecure imports of fossil fuels and creating tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade”.

In total, the UK currently has 5,739 MW of installed wind capacity which is enough to supply 3,209,233 homes.