Christmas brings three new UK wind energy records

What better gift for Christmas Day than three new wind energy records! The 25th of December saw new half-hourly, daily and weekly records set as the blustery weather boosted wind generation and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

What better gift for Christmas Day than three new wind energy records!

The 25th of December saw new half-hourly, daily and weekly records set as the blustery weather boosted wind generation and helped keep the fairy lights on, according to RenewableUK.

Wind supplied a new high of 41% of the UK’s total power needs in a half-hour period on Christmas Day, smashing the previous record of 34%. Other renewables made up around 6% of additional green energy during this period.

The daily record was broken by a 32% supply from wind, surpassing the previous peak of 24%. Over the course of the day, renewables made up 42% of the total mix.

The week ending on the 25th also broke the record with a fifth of energy coming from wind sources, edging above the previous 19% record. Renewables provided 28% of the week’s overall energy needs.

RenewableUK Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “The growth of wind energy across the UK over the past 25 years is a great success story which we can all be proud of. Renewables are now a mainstream provider of electricity, delivering low cost, reliable power to consumers not just at Christmas but the whole year round.”