Wind power breaks 16GW barrier for Britain

Wind power breaks 16GW barrier for Britain
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Wind has generated more than 16GW of electricity in Britain for the first time, providing more than 40% of the nation’s power, data shows.

The record was set on Sunday 8 December when wind generated up to 16.162GW, breaking the previous wind energy record of 15.32GW on 8 February this year.

National Grid data shows that overall on Sunday wind provided 43.7% of British electricity, more than double the amount that nuclear produced at 20.5%. Gas supplied 12.8%, biomass 7.9%, imports 7.4%, coal 3.1%, hydro 1.7%, solar 1.3%, storage 1.1% and other sources 0.5%.

“This new British clean energy record is a great early Christmas present, and shows just how important wind is in an energy system that’s changing rapidly,” said Luke Clark, Director of Strategic Communications at trade association RenewableUK.

“On a dark cold Sunday when we need it most, wind was providing more than 40% of our power, far more than any other source of electricity. Wind energy is at the heart of our modern power system, enabling us to take practical action against dangerous climate change.”