New wind energy record set - during another British cold snap
19 March 2018
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK is highlighting a new wind energy record set on Saturday, when wind generated 14.3 gigawatts of electricity for the first time – supplying more than a third of Britain’s power needs.
National Grid said overall wind provided 35.7% of our electricity on Saturday – while gas produced 20.3%, nuclear supplied 17.6%, coal 12.9% and imports 6%.
When the Beast from the East was at its height on 2nd March wind supplied 29.1% of British electricity, followed by coal 23.0%, gas 20.4%, nuclear 14.7% and imports of 6.3%.
RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “Yet again, wind is playing a key role in keeping Britain going during a cold spell. When the mini Beast from the East struck on Saturday, over a third of the UK’s electricity was being generated by wind.
We’re harnessing a reliable, home-grown source of power which reduces our dependence on imports to maintain the security of our energy supplies”.
The previous record of 13.8GW was set on 1st March.
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2. National Grid Control Room statistics for Saturday can be found here.
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. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year.