New wind energy record

National Grid has confirmed that wind energy generation hit a new high of 15.32GW on 8 February beating the previous record of 15.04GW set on 18 December 2018. The result comes as the Hornsea One windfarm on the Yorkshire coast will start supplying power to the UK grid.

When fully complete Hornsea One will comprise of 174 turbines covering 407 sq km, and supply 1.2GW of capacity alone.

As previously reported, the UK and Germany installed 85 per cent of all new offshore wind power capacity in Europe last year, and the UK will auction more offshore opportunities in the summer.

RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “This transition is set to continue apace; we’re currently finalising a sector deal that will see offshore wind alone generating at least a third of our electricity by 2030. This will secure £48bn of new investment and support 27,000 highly-skilled jobs.”

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