New renewable energy generation record set for Britain

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NEW renewable energy record was set in Britain when wind generated more than 16 gigawatts of electricity for the first time.

The record was set yesterday evening with wind generating up to 16.162GW according to National Grid.

Their data shows that overall on Sunday wind provided 43.7% of British electricity, more than double the amount that nuclear produced at 20.5%.

Contribution of other energy sources

  • Gas 12.8%,
  • biomass 7.9%,
  • imports 7.4%,
  • coal 3.1%,
  • hydro 1.7%,
  • solar 1.3%,
  • storage 1.1%
  • sources 0.5%.

Luke Clark, RenewableUK’s Director of Strategic Communications, said: “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.”

The previous wind energy record (15.32GW) was set on 8th February this year.