Wind power generated a record high of 22% of the U.K.'s electricity on Sunday, Aug. 17, beating the previous 24-hour record of 21% set earlier this month on Aug. 11, according to RenewableUK. Before that, the record stood at 20%, set on Dec. 20, 2013.
Citing National Grid data, RenewableUK says the U.K.'s onshore and offshore wind turbines generated an average of 5,797 MW when the new record was made – enough to power more than 15 million homes at this time of year.
‘We're seeing very high levels of generation from wind throughout August so far, proving yet again that onshore and offshore wind has become an absolutely fundamental component in this country's energy mix," comments Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK's director of external affairs. "It also shows that wind is a dependable and reliable source of power in every month of year – including high summer."
On Aug. 17, wind provided more U.K. power than coal (13%), solar (3%), biomass (3%) and hydro (1%). Nuclear generated 24% and gas 26%.