U.K.-Generated Wind Power Shatters Records


Wind energy generated more than 25% of electricity of all U.K. homes last year, according to advocacy group RenewableUK.

Citing National Grid statistics, the nonprofit says that wind energy output reached 28.1 TWh in 2014, a 15% increase from 24.5 TWh generated in 2013. Additionally, wind farms feeding into the grid as well as single turbines connected to local networks provided 9.3% of the U.K.'s total electricity supply, up from 7.8% last year.

RenewableUK notes that wind energy set a new monthly high of 14% of all U.K. electricity generated by wind, beating the previous record of 13% set in December 2013, as well as a new quarterly record of 12% of electricity from wind in the last 3 months of 2014, breaking the previous record of 11% set in Q1 of 2014.Â

‘It's great to start 2015 with some good news about the massive quantities of clean electricity we're now generating from wind,’ says Maf Smith, RenewableUK's deputy chief executive, adding that new monthly and annual records demonstrate that wind energy has become ‘one of Britain's best natural resources.’

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