Record-breaking January for wind energy

New official figures from National Grid for January show that wind energy broke new records for weekly, monthly and half-hourly generation.

January was the most productive month ever for wind energy, providing 14 percent of Britain’s electricity (4.13 terawatt hours) – enough to power the equivalent of 8.7 million UK homes. The weekly record was also broken in January with 1.119 gigawatt hours generated, and the half-hourly record was exceeded on 2nd Jan when wind supplied 31 percent of Britain’s electricity demand.

The news came as overall UK wind capacity (onshore and offshore) topped 12 gigawatts for the first time – enough to supply nearly 7 million British households.

RenewableUK’s director of external affairs, Jennifer Webber said: “The past few months have seen significantly high levels of generation for wind energy and January was no exception. It’s great to see wind making such a positive contribution to Britain’s clean energy needs at a cold time of year when we need it most, and this can only continue with greater capacity coming online – reaching 12 gigawatts is an achievement which the industry and the nation can be proud of.

“But if we’re to secure a supply of clean energy for the long term future, we need all the mainstream political parties to support the wind industry, onshore and offshore, in the General Election and beyond.”