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Published on March 6th, 2014 | by Joshua S Hill

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UK Wind Records Continue To Fall

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March 6th, 2014 by
 
The UK wind energy industry is living life to its fullest, at the moment, in the wake of breaking yet another record. According to the official National Grid, the UK wind energy industry recorded a new monthly high of 11% of all energy being provided by wind in February.

The numbers break down to wind energy producing 2,750,086 MWh over the month, which equates to being enough to power more than six and a half million homes.

This latest record comes only two months after the last, 10% set in December of 2013, which itself broke the previous record in October a few months earlier. And, better still, this latest record comes hot on the heels of data from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change’s figures for 2013, which showed that wind power provided approximately 7.7% of the country’s electricity for the whole of 2013 — up from 5.5% in 2012.

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RenewableUK notes another record which was broken, with wind supplying 17% of UK electricity demand on the 23rd of February, and providing an all-time half-hour high of 6,215MW on 31 January.

“The need to develop a secure, home-grown supply of electricity in a cost-effective way is at the forefront of people’s minds right now, so it’s good to see wind energy consistently ticking all the right boxes, month after month,” said RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith. “To meet the energy needs of homes and businesses throughout the UK, it’s vital that we keep on harnessing one of Britain’s best natural resources. This makes us less reliant on expensive imported energy from volatile international markets.”

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  • pillom

    See how wind power performs in realtime and historically at http://www.ukpowergeneration.info/ – and with a comparison to other National Grid sources. Apparently Embedded and FiT Solar and wind generation will be added in the coming weeks. That will be really useful in seeing the effect of distributed power which currently only shows as a dip in the national grid demand.

  • Chris Marshalk

    Australia could power the Entire Country of 23,400,000 people on Wind (Day & Night). (2014 Population Est, Source: Wikipedia)

    Unfortunately, the Australian Prime Minister “Tony Abbott” is the Anti-Christ for Green power technologies, something this smart – will NEVER happen under this stupid government. What a dildo of a Prime Minister we have !!

  • Yggdrasil TG

    Now that’s totally awesome. Wonder what are the possible capacities for wind power in UK offshore zones and whether it’s possible to reach zero fossil fuel usage in this century.

    • Bob_Wallace

      There is at least one study that found there is enough offshore wind potential to provide over 100% of the UKs electricity needs. Of course it would take some storage or electricity trading with neighbors to make it 24/365 power, but the resource is there.

      Zero fossil fuel usage by 2050 should be our goal. We’re pretty sure that we could get there in 20 years with a massive effort, something like what we did during WWII. Working only half as hard would get us off fossil fuel.

      • Ronald Brakels

        We definitely need to put much more effort into reducing emissions, not because it’s hard, but because current efforts in many places are so pathetic. There are even brain dead countries where governments are trying to go backwards on emissions. But to get to zero net CO2 emissions in 20 years would actually be quite easy. Within that time most of the world’s exisitng fossil fuel capacity will either have been scrapped or be close to the end of its operating life. All we need to do is ensure that all new capacity is low emission and in two decades we will be close to eliminating fossil fuel use. At that point it should not be particularly difficult to either replace the remaining fossil fuel use or alternatively remove and sequester the CO2 it releases into the atmosphere. The fact that we are not aiming for an 80% or more reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years is tragically short sighted.

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