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New wind energy generation record keeps Britain powered up

25 February 2019

RenewableUK is highlighting a new record amount of electricity generated by wind, with wind generating over a third of Britain’s power needs.

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National Grid has confirmed that wind energy generation hit a new high of 15.32 gigawatts on Friday, providing 36 percent of Britain’s electricity demand, between 12.15 and 1.45pm. This beats the previous record of 15.04GW set on 18 December 2018. 

RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “At one of the coldest times of the year, when we need it most, wind is generating over a third of Britain’s power needs, setting a new clean energy record. It’s yet another demonstration of how our energy mix is shifting to renewables, with onshore and offshore wind in the vanguard. 

“This transition is set to continue apace; we’re currently finalising a sector deal that will see offshore wind alone generating at least a third of our electricity by 2030. This will secure £48bn of new investment and support 27,000 highly-skilled jobs. 

“Onshore wind is already the cheapest source of new power in the UK and can make a major contribution to meeting our carbon reduction targets and keeping bills down.

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