The blustery weather over the bank holiday might not have been great for those hoping to enjoy the great outdoors. It was however a fantastic 24 hours for the nation’s wind farms.
According to figures published by National Grid ESO onshore and offshore wind turbines generated more than 17.6GW of electricity at 3:30pm on Monday afternoon. This beats the previous record of 17.5GW which was set in February.
It isn’t however the highest percentage of British electricity ever generated by wind. That figure was 60 per cent which was set on Wednesday 26 August 2020.
Melanie Onn, deputy chief executive of Renewable UK, said the figures underlined that wind was now a core source of energy for the nation.
“The fact that wind is generating nearly half the country’s electricity shows how central it has become in our modern energy system. The UK’s healthy pipeline of wind energy projects set to be built onshore and offshore will help us to reach the government’s target of net-zero emissions as fast as possible, and as we ramp up our renewable energy capacity we can expect fresh records in the years ahead.”