March 19 (Renewables Now) - Britain’s wind farms produced the record 14.3 GW of electricity in the afternoon on Saturday, trade body RenewableUK said today.
The record-high generation exceeds the previously reported level of 13.9 GW on Saturday morning.
According to the statistics by grid operator National Grid, wind produced 35.7% of UK's power on Saturday, gas provided 20.3%, and nuclear power plants supplied 17.6%. Around 12.9% of the overall power demand was covered by coal power generation and 6% came from imports.
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).