UK windfarms hit new generation record

Britain’s windfarms broke a new record on Friday 14 September 2012 by providing 4.1gigawatts (GW) of power to the National Grid, beating a previous high of 3.8GW set in May.

Just before 10am, wind turbines were supplying 10.8% of the total amount of electricity going into the grid while an additional 2.2GW of “green” power was going directly into local electricity networks.

“This record high shows that wind energy is providing a reliable, secure supply of clean electricity to an ever-greater number of British homes and businesses,” said Maria McCaffery, chief executive at the campaign group RenewableUK. “As our wind energy capacity increases, the need to import expensive fossil fuels starts to diminish. The transition to a low-carbon economy is well under way and harnessing this bountiful, free resource will help us to drive down energy bills for all users in the long term.”

Critics will point out that the 4.1GW total compares with the UK’s largest coal and biomass-fired power station, Drax in North Yorkshire, which produces almost that amount of power on its own.

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