February 12 (Renewables Now) - The UK’s wind power generation reached the record 15.32 GW in the early afternoon on Friday, February 8, trade body RenewableUK announced on Monday.
The output beats an earlier record of 15.04 GW, which was set on December 18, 2018.
According to the statistics by grid operator National Grid, wind produced 36% of Britain’s total electricity between 1215 and 1345 local time, supplying more than a third of the country’s power demand.
RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck commented: “It’s yet another demonstration of how our energy mix is shifting to renewables, with onshore and offshore wind in the vanguard.” She added that onshore wind is already the cheapest source of new power in the country, while a deal is currently being finalised for the UK to produce at least a third of its power from offshore wind by 2030, an initiative that will represent some GBP 48 billion (USD 61.8bn/EUR 54.7bn) of fresh investment.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.287/EUR 1.140)