RenewableUK has highlighted statistics from National Grid which show that 2015 was a record year for wind energy generation in the UK, with offshore and onshore windfarms supplying their largest ever amounts of clean electricity. Wind set new weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual generation records – 11 per cent of the UK’s electricity was generated by wind last year – up from 9.5 per cent in 2014. Wind provided enough electricity to meet the annual needs of more than 8.25 million homes – more than 30 per cent of UK households – up from 6.7 million homes last year.
December 2015 saw a fresh monthly record set, with wind suppling 17 per cent of Britain’s electricity demand at a time of the year when it’s needed most. The previous monthly record of 14 per cent was set in January 2015 – another cold period of the year. A new weekly record was also set in December, with wind providing 20 per cent of the nation’s needs in the last week of the month, up from 19 per cent in the second week of November. Wind also broke the quarterly generation record in the three month period from October to December 2015, with 13 per cent of the nation’s electricity demand met by wind – beating the previous 12 per cent high in the first quarter of 2015.
RenewableUK’s Director of Policy Dr Gordon Edge said “This is a great way to start 2016. The wind industry can be proud that it has shattered weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual generation records in 2015. This re-writes the record books. We’ve had a bumper harvest thanks to increased deployment and superb wind speeds. It also demonstrates why the government should continue to support wind energy.”