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UK wind energy sets new record of 14.3GW of electricity generation

Published 20 March 2018

RenewableUK stated that wind power in the UK has set a new record last week by generating 14.3GW of electricity, which accounted for a third of the country'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 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.

Source: Company Press Release