Friday, January 9, 2015

UK's Renewable Energy (Wind) Records in 2014

In 2014, the UK continues to set records as it increases the power it generates from renewable sources of energy. In 2014, the electricity needs of more than a quarter of UK homes were powered by wind energy.

According to newly released data from National Grid, a record amount of clean electricity was generated by wind power in 2014. Wind power generated enough electricity to supply the needs of more than 6.7 million UK households last year. This represents a 15 percent increase over the amount generated in 2013 (up from 24.5 terawatt hours to 28.1TWh in 2014). Averaged over the course of the entire year, this amounts to just over 25 percent of all UK homes.

The combination of large scale wind farms and smaller sites connected to local networks, provided 9.3 percent of the UK’s total electricity supply in 2014, up from 7.8 percent the year before.

A number of wind energy records were broken in the UK in 2014. In December a new monthly high of 14 percent of all UK electricity was generated by wind. The previous record was 13 percent, it was set in December 2013. There was also a new quarterly record of 12 percent of electricity from wind in the last 3 months of 2014. This breaks the previous record of 11 percent set in Q1 of 2014.

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