Renewable Energy Record Broken in UK as Wind Breaks 16 Gigawatt Threshold

A new renewable energy record has been set on Sunday 8th December. Wind generated more than 16 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in Britain for the first time, providing more than 40% of our power nationally.

This new renewable energy record was set in the evening with wind generating up to 16.162GW according to the National Grid. Their data shows that overall on Sunday wind provided 43.7% of British electricity. This was more than double the amount that nuclear produced at 20.5%. Gas supplied 12.8%, biomass 7.9%, imports 7.4%, coal 3.1%, hydro 1.7%, solar 1.3%, storage 1.1% and other sources produced 0.5%. The previous wind energy record (15.32GW) was set on 8th February this year.

“This new British clean energy record is a great early Christmas present, and shows just how important wind is in an energy system that’s changing rapidly. On a dark cold Sunday when we need it most, wind was providing more than 40% of our power, far more than any other source of electricity. Wind energy is at the heart of our modern power system, enabling us to take practical action against dangerous climate change”.

 – Luke Clark, Director of Strategic Communications at RenewableUK

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