Storms lead to record UK wind power output

Storms lead to UK wind power record

British wind power production reached a record high just before the New Year as storms hit the British Isles and powered onshore and offshore wind turbines, beating the previous high by nearly 20 per cent, generation data has revealed.

Reuters report that wind farms produced a record 12.2 per cent of UK energy demand on December 28, according to statistics provided by green energy association RenewableUK, displacing the previous record of 10 per cent.

"Wind energy represents a new paradigm in electricity generation, allowing us to harness the power of the weather when it's available, cutting our fossil fuel bills and lowering our carbon emissions," said Gordon Edge, director of policy at RenewableUK.

Average wind power production between December 1, 2011 and January 5, 2012 covered 5.3 per cent of UK power demand, RenewableUK data showed.

Wind power is considered a key energy resource to help Britain meet its legally-binding target of cutting carbon emissions by 34 per cent below 1990 levels by the end of this decade.

UK wind power capacity is expected to grow by one third this year, bringing total installed wind capacity to around 8000 MW, the association said.

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