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December 8, 2016

UK windfarms set new record by generating 10,000MW

The National Grid has revealed that UK onshore and offshore windpower generation has hit a new record of 10,000MW.

By Lopamudra Roy

The National Grid has revealed that UK onshore and offshore windpower generation has hit a new record of 10,104MW.

This record met 23% of the country’s total electricity demand on 7 December between 2.00pm and 2.30pm. Around 7,091MW of electricity was fed into the national transmission grid and an estimated 3,013MW was generated for local distribution networks.

Good Energy owns Britain’s first commercial windfarm in Cornwall. The company's chief executive officer Juliet Davenport said: “This is a fantastic achievement for windpower and for renewables in the UK.

"Wind has transformed the way the UK has sourced electricity in recent years, so this is a great cause for celebration.

"This is a fantastic achievement for windpower and for renewables in the UK."

“This shows that the transition from big old-fashioned power stations to local, decentralised, renewable sources is here. The move to a 100% renewable future is possible and definitely within Britain's grasp.”

The new milestone is equivalent to around three times the capacity of the new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, which will be built in Somerset.

RenewableUK's executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “It’s terrific to see windpower smashing another record.

“It shows that wind is playing an increasingly central role as a reliable part of our new modern energy system.

“As we install more windpower, more records will tumble. This is a Christmas clean energy bonus, not just for the renewable energy sector, but for all of us.”

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