Wind generated electricity breaking records in the UK

September 17th, 2012 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK, the wind and marine energy association, is celebrating the record-breaking amount of electricity that was generated and supplied to the UK’s National Grid from wind energy on the morning of 14 September 2012.

Wind turbines fed 4.131 gigawatts into the UK’s National Grid at 09.56 am on 14 September, which is sufficient electricity to power more than three million British homes.

An average large power station can generate a gigawatt, so the record equates to the output of more than four conventional power stations.

Just before 10 o’clock on 14 September 2012, wind power supplied a total of 10.8% of the total amount of electricity going into the UK electricity grid.

As office workers switched on their computers, more than one in ten of them was powered by wind energy.

The high electricity supply from wind power breaks the previous record of 3.8GW set on the 13 May 2012.

The overall statistics for wind energy generation are even higher, because a third of all wind turbine capacity in the UK is connected directly to local electricity networks, and not to the Grid.

Once that extra 2.2 GW are taken into account, the amount of electricity generated is up to a third more.

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, said “this record high shows that wind energy is providing a reliable, secure supply of clean electricity to an ever-greater number of British homes and businesses.”

“As our wind energy capacity increases, the need to import expensive fossil fuels starts to diminish,” she said.

“The transition to a low-carbon economy is well underway and harnessing this bountiful, free resource will help us to drive down energy bills for all users in the long term. That’s why we’re celebrating this milestone in the generation of clean energy for the UK.”


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