One-third of electricity from wind

Britain’s onshore and offshore wind farms generated more electricity than any other source, providing 35.6 per cent, compared to 31.2 per cent by gas, 21.3 per cent by nuclear, 6.7 per cent by biomass, 2.6 per cent by coal, 1.8 per cent by hydro and 0.8 per cent from other sources, between 8 and 14 March 2019, according to data supplied by independent analysts Aurora Energy Research.

The new generation figures come in the week following the agreement of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal between the Government and industry which will see the current 8GW of offshore wind capacity in the UK grow to over 30GW by 2030.

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Emma Pinchbeck said: “It’s further proof that wind is playing a central role in keeping Britain powered up at a chilly time of the year. It’s also interesting to see that offshore wind outperformed nuclear this week – showing the way our modern energy mix is changing, with low-cost wind energy becoming the backbone of our clean energy system”.
As a result of the high levels of power generated by clean wind energy, Electric Insights, which provides live data and analysis on Britain’s electricity, noted that carbon emissions from the power sector over the past week have been lower than usual for this time of year, at 157g CO2 per kWh. This compares to a target of 50-100g of CO2/kWh which will have to be achieved in the next decade to meet the UK’s carbon budgets.

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