New renewable energy record

A renewable energy record was set on Sunday 8 December, with wind generating more than 16GW of electricity in Britain for the first time, providing nearly 44 per cent of the total energy mix.

Wind power generated a peak of 16.162GW according to National Grid, proving 43.7 per cent of energy, with nuclear producing 20.5 per cent, hydro 1.7 per cent, solar 1.3 per cent, making non-burning renewables accountable for two-thirds of the total (67 per cent) or half (47 per cent) if nuclear is not included.

Of other sources, gas supplied 12.8 per cent, biomass 7.9 per cent, imports 7.4 per cent and coal 3.1 per cent, with storage providing 1.1 percent and other sources 0.5 per cent.

RenewableUK’s director of strategic communications Luke Clark said “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. On a dark cold Sunday when we need it most, wind was providing more than 40 per cent 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”.

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