From 14.30 till 15.00, wind power produced an average of 6,004 megawatts, which accounted for 13.5 percent of the UK’s total electricity demand at that time – enough to power more than 3,410,000 British homes. National Grid measures electricity generation in half-hour periods. The previous record, set on 15 September this year, was 5,739MW.
RenewableUK’s director of external affairs, Jennifer Webber, said: “Wind energy is consistently setting new records and providing an ever-increasing amount of clean electricity for British homes and businesses. We’re generating from a home-grown source which gives us a secure supply of power at cost we can control, rather than leaving ourselves exposed to the global fluctuation in fossil fuel prices which have driven bills up. Wind gives us a way to make a smooth transition from old-fashioned fuels to a new low-carbon economy. We’re also generating tens of thousands of green-collar jobs for people now working in the fast-growing British wind energy industry.”