UK wind generates over 5GW of UK electricity constantly over 24 hours

March 23rd, 2013 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK is celebrating the fact that for the first time, wind energy in the UK generated over 5 gigawatts of electricity consistently over a 24 hour period, with the period starting on Thursday 21 March at 2130 and continuing for the rest of Friday 22 March 2013.

For this 24 hour period wind energy was generating enough to power the equivalent of nearly four out of every ten UK homes and consistently over 10% of Great Britain’s overall electricity needs.

In addition a record for one-off generation in a half hour period was created at 1530 when 5.296 GW of wind was present on the grid, alongside another anticipated 2GW from distributed wind.

Maria McCaffery, CEO of RenewableUK, introduces the Plenary session of the annual conference in Manchester on 25 October 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Maria McCaffery, CEO of RenewableUK, introduces the Plenary session of the annual conference in Manchester on 25 October 2011 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Maria McCaffery Chief Executive of RenewableUK, said “what this shows is that wind is a stable and reliable source of power generation on the scale we need, when we need it most.”

“This then counters the idea that wind does not generate power during cold snaps and comes at the same time as reports that the UK has only 36 hours of gas supplies in reserve, and on the day that the wholesale price of gas in the UK reached a seven year high,” she said.

“It also serves as a timely reminder of the vulnerability of supply and the price volatility of imported fossil fuels.”

“This power production coupled with Ofgem’s own figures, announced on Thursday, which showed the real cost of wind to households is less than 20p a week is a double triumph of fact over fiction,” Maria McCaffery said.

 

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