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Wind power delivers near 10% of UK’s electricity

Wind produced nearly 10% of UK electricity earlier this month setting a new record for wind power production in the UK according to data from the National Grid.

On Monday 6 September, 1860 MW was being generated – largely from Scotland – accounting for 4.7% of total generation at the time.

National Grid also believes that if embedded wind generation (generation feeding directly into the low voltage local electricity networks by smaller wind farms) is taken into account wind generated about 10% of GB’s power during the 24 hour period.

This is not including the contribution from other renewable energy such as hydropower, which contributed a further 4%, according to data held by Elexon, the balancing and settlement code company for the UK. The total consumption during the 24 hours was 809.5 GWh.

RenewableUK CEO Maria McCaffery, says: “We are expecting to see the contribution of electricity from wind gradually increase over the next decade, to around 30% of the UK’s total consumption. This news confirms that not only are the wind farms we have built so far starting to deliver, but that UK wind farm electricity yields are the best in Europe, and comparable with established technologies such as hydro.

“These figures underpin the strong contention that renewable energy – and wind energy in particular – is no longer alternative. It is on the scale and growing rapidly.”

The UK currently has 4616.05 MW of installed wind energy across 263 wind farms, with a further 2716 MW in construction and 6126 MW with planning consent.

“If we added together all the wind energy projects in planning to the projects already existing and about to come on stream, we would be three-quarters of the way to reaching our 2020 targets. If we count in the tremendous potential of offshore wind, the plan of turning UK into a net energy exporter does not seem unlikely. Reaching our targets and unleashing the colossal opportunities wind energy brings to the UK is perfectly achievable,” McCaffery adds.

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