In this issue
Big Energy running the show!
Government supported over £40bn renewable energy support plans
Industry cheers Renewable Heat Incentive upgrade
DECC admits its sums on Feed-in Tariff were out by £371million
Wind power smashes UK generation records to power 3.5m homes
A vision for innovation to drive economic growth from renewable energy
World’s first ever “Brussels Sprout Battery” lights up Christmas Tree
Solar farms to play a vital role in boosting local economy
Wind energy company gives Rural Support to farmers
Ofgem grants offshore transmission licence for Greater Gabbard Wind Farm
Vergnet joins forces with Wind Turbines UK in medium wind energy partnership
Great British Wind Meal celebrates role of wind power sustaining British food and farming
RWE abandons plans for £4bn Atlantic Array offshore wind farm
Energy Minister opens state-of-the-art solar PV facility
New energy study looks at why policy-makers get their sums wrong
UK leads Europe in preparing for impact of climate change
Wind power smashes UK generation records to power 3.5m homes

National Grid has confirmed that a record-breaking amount of clean electricity was generated by wind power in the UK last Friday – achieving more than 6 gigawatts for the first time ever.

From 2.30 till 3pm, wind power produced an average of 6,004 megawatts (MW), which accounted for 13.5% 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 15th September this year, was 5,739MW. That particular record for a half-hour period was shattered several times today, with wind regularly generating more than 13% of the UK’s total electricity demand, demonstrating a high consistency of supply.

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.”

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