UK sets wind power production record due to gales in May
Strong winds across the country on Friday helped set a new all-time high for electricity produced by wind turbines, The Guardian reported.
Provisional data from National Grid showed wind contributed 62.5% of the UK electricity mix, following a record 59.9% in August 2020, when high winds brought by storms Ellen and Francis hit the country .
So far this month, wind represents 18 percent of the electricity mix, below the 20 percent recorded in May of last year, but well above levels seen in May of previous years.
New milestones for wind power generation have been reached several times over the past year. On Boxing Day, when Storm Bella brought gusts of up to 100 mph, the wind supplied 50.7% of Britain’s electricity, which kept levels high for 24 hours.
Last year was the greenest year on record for the UK power system, when average carbon intensity (the measure of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of electricity consumed) hit a new low, according to National Grid.
The independent climate think tank, Ember, said the UK’s renewable electricity exceeded its production of fossil fuels for the first time last year and may remain the largest source of electricity in the to come up.
He found that renewables generated by wind, sunlight, water and wood made up 42% of UK electricity last year, compared to 41% generated by gas and oil power plants. coal together.
The UK is also on track for its wettest May on record after a very dry April, with more heavy and forecasted rains this weekend, as strong winds are expected to ease today .
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