Wind power hits 12% UK energy use last month

Wind power reached a record high of supplying 12.2% of the UK’s energy supply on 28th December. Throughout December and early January wind supplied on average 5.3% of the UK’s […]

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By Tom Gibson

Wind power reached a record high of supplying 12.2% of the UK’s energy supply on 28th December. Throughout December and early January wind supplied on average 5.3% of the UK’s demand, according to trade association RenewableUK.

Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK’s Director of Policy, praised the National Grid for integrating the renewable energy: “As we’re generating increasingly large amounts of electricity from wind, feeding those large volumes of power into the system represents an engineering challenge to the National Grid- a challenge we are pleased to see they met over Christmas.”

Last year, National Grid launched a wind power forecasting system, which allows them to predict output from the UK’s fleet of wind farms.