Wind power breaks new record in the UK this Bank Holiday

Wind power breaks new record in the UK this Bank Holiday

On Monday afternoon, British wind farms broke a new record with 48.4% of the country’s electricity coming from these clean sources by 3:30pm on Bank Holiday. National Grid ESO figures suggest that this is set to break another UK-wide renewable energy record for power generation as it looks like 17.6GW was generated at around 1 pm today which beats the previous national high of 17.5 GW recorded in February 2016 and continues Britain’s push towards low carbon technology.


Wind power now is generating nearly half of Britain’s electricity, according to  Deputy Chief Executive Melanie Onn from RenewableUK. In an unseasonably cold May Bank Holiday weekend when we needed it most, wind farms pumped  out record amounts of clean energy just in time for the rain, and of course the wind that helped us achieve these new levels.


A new report by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy reveals that renewable energy is about to get a significant boost in this country. The pipeline of wind farms set to be built onshore will help meet our goal of net zero emissions as soon as possible while offshore projects continue to outweigh that of negative emissions powering our nation.


It is said that the 17.6gigawatts of electricity generated in this case is enough to power 3.5million kettles, The Guardian shared.


A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that wind power made up 35% of US electricity usage in January 2018. The landmark report found gas plants powered 21.7%, nuclear reactors generated 12%, and biomass contributed 6%. Power plants powered 21.7% of the electricity grid on Monday afternoon, while nuclear reactors generated 12% and biomass power units contributed 6.1%. In a tweet, ESO said wind produced over 35% of the country’s electricity in all. 

The power mix wind has hit 60% with Storm Francis, and turbines were producing 14.2 gigawatts of electricity early Wednesday 26, 2020. This was a combined contribution of 59.5% of the electricity mix on this day, and kept coal off the grid for 68 days to follow, allowing Britain to see its own first coal-free Christmas since the industrial revolution.


The new wind record comes amid the backdrop of a near-miss for solar generation this past week. On 22 and 23 April, output peaked at 9.6GW and 9.5GW respectively just below Britain’s previous high point on 21 March with production peaking at 10 GW to become world leader in renewables capacity
The British government has pledged to scrap all coal plants by 2025 as part of its plan to close down carbon dioxide emitting power stations over the next decade while replacing them with renewable sources like offshore wind farms or nuclear energy which produce lower levels of CO2 emissions.