A record-breaking year for renewables

A new wind energy generation record achieved this week as the National Grid confirmed that on 18 December onshore and offshore wind generated 15 GW for the first time between 11.15am and 12.15pm, supplying 34.7 per cent of Britain’s electricity needs. This beats the previous records of 14.9GW set last month and 13.8GW in March when the Beast from the East was at its height.

RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “Setting a new wind energy generation record in December is a great Christmas gift in an exceptional year for the UK’s world-leading renewable energy industries - we’ve smashed record after record. In the years ahead, the electricity system will be smarter and cleaner for people. Like the Ghost of Christmas Future, 2018 has shown us portents of a new type of energy system led by renewables. In the present, we’re celebrating the fact that UK wind and marine energy are keeping the Christmas tree lights on”.

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