Wind represents 12.8% of UK's power output on Oct 20
Oct 21, 2014 - UK wind farms generated 105,726 MWh of electricity in the 24 hours ended at 0600 local time on October 21, accounting for 12.8% of the country’s total power output, according to National Grid (LON:NG) statistics.
Wind power production reached its peak levels of 5,867 MW at 0300 GMT on October 20, while for October 21 National Grid expects peak production of 5,724 MW at 0000 local time.
The generation statistics and projections involve only wind farm that have operational metering. The total wind power capacity "visible" to the National Grid amounts to 8,403 MW, while the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) calculates that the UK's installed wind capacity was 10,531 MW at end-2013.
Power plants across the UK generated 824,509 MWh of electricity in the 24-hour period ended at 0600 GMT on October 21. Coal-fired power plants were responsible for the largest share of the total, or 33.9%, with their production of 279,358 MWh. Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) facilities accounted for 29.1% of the total with 240.061 MWh of produced power. The share of hydropower, excluding pumped-storage hydro, was 1.5% with 12,097 MWh of generated electricity.
During the past weekend, wind farms accounted for 23.6% of Britain’s power, compensating for several nuclear reactors that were offline and a drop in generation at the 1,360-MW Didcot B gas power plant due to a fire accident, trade association RenewableUK said Monday. The previous record for wind farms was a 22% share of UK power in August.
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