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Trio of new wind energy records set at end of December

03 January 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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New figures from National Grid show that wind power performed strongly during Christmas week.  Fresh half-hourly, daily and weekly records were set on 23rd, 24th and 25th December.


Wind power supplied a new high of 41% of the UK’s electricity needs in a half-hour period on Christmas Day, smashing the previous record of 34%. During this period, 47% of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources.   


A new daily record of 32% of UK electricity was generated by wind on Christmas Day, beating the previous high of 24%. Overall, renewables met 42% of demand on 25th December 2016.


20% of UK electricity was generated by wind in the week ending on 25th December, exceeding the previous 19% record. Renewables provided 28% of total generation in the new record week.  


RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “The growth of wind energy across the UK over the past 25 years is a great success story which we can all be proud of, and it’s especially heartening to see that it was wind that helped to keep the Christmas lights on throughout the festive season”.


“Renewables are now a mainstream provider of electricity, delivering low cost, reliable power to consumers not just at Christmas but the whole year round.”


For further information, please contact:

  • Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445

  • Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229913

  • Adam Wentworth, Communications Officer, 0207 901 3038 or 07791 702702


  1. RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.

  2. Official National Grid statistics are monitored, recorded and analysed by independent data specialists EnAppSys.

  3. The half-hourly record high of 41% beat 34% which was set on 2nd January 2016.

  4. The daily record of 32% beat 24% which was set on 19th October 2014.


  5. The weekly record of 20% beat 19% set in the week beginning 21st December 2015.

  6. Official figures show renewables and nuclear delivered 50% of electricity in Q3 2016

  7. More on 25 years of wind power in the UK

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