Sunday, July 5, 2020

Blustery weather sees Britain’s wind trump every other power source

British wind farms have generated more electricity that any other power source over a seven-day period this month.

Between Friday 8 and Thursday 14 March, on and offshore wind farms provided 35.6% of Britain’s electricity, according to data from Aurora Energy Research.

This compares to 31.2% by gas, 21.3% by nuclear, 6.7% by biomass, 2.6% by coal, 1.8% by hydro and 0.8% from other sources.

Offshore wind alone generated 21.4% of our electricity last week – more than nuclear.

The new generation figures were released during the week following the agreement of an Offshore Wind Sector Deal between the Government and industry which will see the current 7,899 megawatts of offshore wind capacity in the UK grow to over 30,000MW by 2030.

“We’ve had a very blustery week, and that’s good news because wind has outstripped every other power source,” said Emma Pinchbeck, Deputy Chief Executive of trade body RenewableUK.

“It’s further proof that wind is playing a central role in keeping Britain powered up at a chilly time of the year.

“It’s also interesting to see that offshore wind outperformed nuclear this week – showing the way our modern energy mix is changing, with low-cost wind energy becoming the backbone of our clean energy system.”

As a result of the high levels of power generated by clean wind energy, Electric Insights, a website which provides live data and analysis on Britain’s electricity, noted that carbon emissions from the power sector over the past week have been lower than usual for this time of year, at 157g CO2 per kilowatt hour.

This compares to a target of 50-100g of CO2/kWh which will have to be achieved in the next decade to meet the UK’s carbon budgets.

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