New Record: 16GW of Wind provided 43% of British Electricity

Wind energy generated a record 16.62 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in Britain for the first time, providing more than 43.7% of power on Sunday 8th December 2019.

The 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%.

Source % of Energy
Wind 43.7
Nuclear 20.5
Gas 12.8
Biomass 7.9
Imports 7.4
Coal 3.1
Hydro 1.7
Solar 1.3
Storage 1.1
Other 0.5
Total 100

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% 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”.

The previous wind energy record (15.32GW) was set on 8th February this year.

Source – Renewable UK

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