Oct 22, 2014 - UK wind parks were responsible for 16.1% of the country's total power generation in the 24 hours ended at 0530 local time on October 22, National Grid (LON:NG) statistics show.
The output of wind farms across the country was 131,889 MWh for the day, surpassing nuclear generation of 107,626 MWh. According to National Grid's estimates, the local wind power production reached its peak levels of 5,763 MW at 0000 GMT on October 21. Peak wind output for October 22 is expected to be 3,747 MW at 0100 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.
The combined output of UK’s power plants in the 24-hour period under review stood at 820,672 MWh. Coal-fired power plants accounted for 35.1% of the total with their generation of 288,088 MWh, followed by combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) facilities with 203,408 MWh of produced power and a share of 24.8%.
Hydropower stations, excluding pumped-storage hydro facilities, generated 10,501 MWh of electricity, representing a 1.3% share.
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