•  
  •  
  •  

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).

More stories to explore
Share this story
Tags
About the author
Browse all articles from Veselina Petrova

Veselina Petrova is one of SeeNews Renewables most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.

More articles by the author
5 / 5 free articles left this month
Get 5 more for free Sign up for Basic subscription
Get full access Sign up for Premium subscription