High Hopes after Record Breaking Month for Wind Power


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A clear success story for UK wind power this December, re-establishing its potential as a powerful force in the UK .

The future looks promising for the growth of wind power thanks to bad weather conditions and howling wind.  Overall, a total of over 2.8m MWh of electricity was provided to the National Grid over the course of the month, enough to power more than 5.7 million UK homes. Moreover, wind power met 10% of total electricity demand during December. The greatest triumph of the day however was on the 21st of December, the busiest shopping time of the year, when wind turbines swung into action and generated 132,812 MWh – thats 17% of the nation’s total energy demand in one day!

Wind turbines in Cornwall
Wind turbines in Cornwall

Predicted targets for a wide range of reforms that could drive more than £100 billion of investment in clean energy infrastructure such as onshore and offshore wind farms are being realised. It has also come at a crucial time for the Energy Bill that came through last year, as it encourages a secure supply of low carbon electricity generation.

Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of RenewableUK said: ‘This is a towering achievement for the British wind energy industry. It provides cast-iron proof that the direction of travel away from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewable sources is unstoppable… British wind energy is providing a better alternative – a stable, secure cost-effective supply of home-grown power.’

Small scale wind generation at CAT
Small scale wind generation at CAT

The statistics represent the amount of electricity generated by the National Grid, therefore figures are even higher when taking into account the off grid wind farms and small scale generation.