Wind Power Breaks More Records In The U.K.


Wind power reached new highs in the U.K. last month, according to figures from National Grid.

Citing the stats, RenewablesUK says wind energy hit a record high on Oct. 20, providing a 24% daily share of the U.K's electricity needs and beating the previous record of 22% set in August. Wind energy's share of the monthly electricity mix was also 12.3%, which easily beat last October's share of 8% and comes very close to the December record of 13%.

A new peak half-hour record was also repeatedly broken, RenewablesUK adds. At the start of October, the record high was 7,920 MW. This was broken over a number of days and now stands at a high of 8,100 MW, enough to power 17 million homes at the time of generation.

In addition, the statistics show that wind power generated more than nuclear for 11 full days over October, with the longest period being between the 17th and the 24th.

"These figures shine a light on the full extent of wind's powerful performance over October; to beat nuclear for seven days straight, and 11 days overall in a month, is unprecedented," says Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK's director of external affairs. "We saw August set new records for generation and October has followed hot on its heels."

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