Wind farms bring 17% of UK power in last 24 hours

Royd Moor Wind Farm, England. Author: Richard Allaway. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

April 1 (SeeNews) - Wind farms in the UK generated 140,588 MWh of electricity in the 24 hours ended at 1030 today, local time, thus reaching a 16.9% share in Britain’s total power generation.

According to National Grid (LON:NG), wind power generation today will peak at 6,540 MW.

These statistics and projections involve only 8,403 MW of wind farms that have operational metering, which makes them visible to NG. The actual wind farm output is far greater as the UK had 12,440 MW of operational wind farms at end 2014, including 4,494 MW of offshore wind, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

UK’s total power output for the past 24 hours was 830,940 MWh. Some 32.2% of that came from coal-fired power plants, 19% from nuclear energy plants and 20.3% from combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power stations.

The share of renewables in UK electricity generation rose to 19.2% in 2014 from 14.9% a year earlier, with bioenergy and wind power being the main contributors, recent Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) statistics show. In the fourth quarter alone, renewables hit a 22% share.

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