British wind output hits new record of 13.9 GW

Predicted view of the Braemore wind farm. Image by Wind Prospect Developments (braemorewindfarm.co.uk).

March 19 (Renewables Now) - Wind power generation in the UK reached a record high level of 13.9 GW on Saturday, meeting 36.9% of demand, according to grid operator National Grid.

This beats a previous record of 13.6 GW set on January 17, reported by UK power producer Drax Group Plc (LON:DRX).

The record-high Saturday output of wind farms in the country was registered at 1000 local time, the National Grid Control Room confirmed in a social media post. According to a report by The Independent, generation rose further, reaching 14 GW around 1100 local time.

While wind was producing 36.9% of UK's power, gas provided 23% with 8.5 GW, while coal power plants generated just 4.7 GW, supplying 12.5% of demand. The output of solar and biomass plants was 1.5 GW each.

Wind farms produced a record 15% of the UK’s electricity last year, up from 10% in 2016, thanks to higher wind speeds and the completion of several onshore and offshore wind farms, according to a report by researchers at Imperial College London, published together with Drax Group Plc (LON:DRX).

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