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UK sets new 6GW wind record

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National Grid has confirmed that a record-breaking amount of electricity was generated by wind power in the UK last Friday (29 Nov) – achieving more than 6GW for the first time.

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.”