Yesterday, the onshore and offshore wind farms in the United Kingdom generated a combined total of 19,936 megawatts of power in only thirty minutes, which led to the setting of a new record for the world’s largest electricity producing capacity.
The numbers, which were provided by National Grid ESO and highlighted by the trade association RenewableUK, reveal that the technologies were producing more than half of Britain’s electricity at the time. Wind farms in the UK were responsible for producing 52.2% of the nation’s electricity during the new peak half-hourly interval. However, wind farms were only responsible for producing 50% of the nation’s power throughout the entirety of yesterday. In spite of the fact that this is a new generation record, the largest percentage of power generated from wind in a half-hour period is 64%, and it was set on the 29th of January of this year.
It is reassuring for people to know that Britain’s onshore and offshore wind farms are doing the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping the lights on and reducing our reliance on expensive gas imports, said Dan McGrail, chief executive of RenewableUK. “As we head towards winter, it is reassuring for people to know that Britain’s onshore and offshore wind farms are doing the heavy lifting,” McGrail said. “Because of this, it is important to speed up and scale up on the amount of onshore and offshore wind capacity we are installing,” the author writes. “This is important to boost our energy security and to reduce electricity bills for consumers, as new wind projects generate electricity cheaper than any other source.”