UK wind power output sets record, tops 13 GW

Fraisthorpe wind farm

January 19 (Renewables Now) - Wind power generation in the UK exceeded 10 GW for the first time on January 13 and reached 13.6 GW a few days later, shows data by Drax Electric Insights.

The output of wind farms in the country amounted to 13.6 GW on January 17, supplying 29% of the country’s total power between 1245 and 1315 local time, UK power producer Drax Group Plc (LON:DRX) said in a social media post. The previous such record was set on June 12, 2017 when production stood at 12.4 GW.

Drax Group’s Drax Electric Insights provides data of supply, demand, price and environmental impacts of the main power generation sources in the UK.

“Breaking short-term output records on top of monthly and annual figures clearly shows that wind is now a major part of the UK electricity mix, and will continue to be in the future,” said Jonathan Marshall, energy analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). He noted, however, that the government has put effort into the offshore wind sector but is “lagging” on the development of onshore wind projects as compared to other countries.

At the end of the third quarter of 2017, Britain had 38.9 GW of installed renewable electricity capacity, of which 12.5 GW was onshore wind. Offshore wind farms represent 6.1 GW, according to government figures.

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