Published on March 6th, 2014 | by Joshua S Hill5
UK Wind Records Continue To Fall
March 6th, 2014 by Joshua S Hill
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.
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.”