Wind generated more than 16 GW of electricity in Britain for the first time on 8 December 2019, providing more than 40% of power
According to National Grid, wind generated up to 16.162 GW in the evening of 8 December.
Their data shows that overall on 8 December wind provided 43.7% of British electricity, more than double the amount that nuclear produced at 20.5%. Gas supplied 12.8%, biomass 7.9%, imports 7.4%, coal 3.1%, hydro 1.7%, solar 1.3%, storage 1.1% and other sources 0.5%.
RenewableUK director of strategic communications Luke Clark said, “This new British clean energy record shows just how important wind is in an energy system that is changing rapidly.
“On a dark cold Sunday when we need it most, wind was providing more than 40% of our power, far more than any other source of electricity.
“Wind energy is at the heart of our modern power system, enabling us to take practical action against dangerous climate change”.
The previous wind energy record – 15.32 GW – was set on 8 February 2019.