Over 14% of UK's power comes from wind on Tuesday

Wind turbines in Scotland. Author: Gary Denham. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

March 4 (SeeNews) - Wind farms in the UK produced 130,836 MWh of power in the 24 hours ended at 0830 today, thus reaching a 14.3% share in Britain’s total power generation for the period.

According to National Grid (LON:NG), wind power generation will reach a peak of 6,229 MW today. Tomorrow the peak will be 4,665 MW at 1200 local time.

Please note that the statistics and projections involve only 8,403 MW of wind farms that have operational metering. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the UK had 12,440 MW of operational wind farms at end 2014, including 4,494 MW of offshore wind.

UK’s total power output for the 24 hours was 913,734 MWh. Total of 34% of that came from coal-fired power plants, 19.1% from nuclear energy plants and 20% from combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power stations.

In 2014 the share of low-carbon generation in UK power grew to 35.7% after higher renewables output compensated for a drop in nuclear power production due to outages, provisional data showed last week. Of all renewables, wind power contributes the most to the UK energy mix. In 2014 wind farms produced 26.45 TWh and half of that was generated by offshore wind turbines.

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