Wind energy contributes to big rise in renewable energy output in the UK
Renewable output rose by 27% over 2017 due to a combination of windier weather and new capacity coming online, according to the latest Electric Insights report from Imperial College London.
Wind, solar, biomass and hydro together produced 96TWh of electricity during the year – more than enough to power the whole of Great Britain in 1958.
2017 was a watershed year for wind as output swelled by 45% to 45 TWh – almost double the figure for coal. Its share of total generation climbed to 15% from 10% in 2016, reaching 19% over the last three months of the year.
The record for peak output was broken four times during the quarter, culminating at 12.4GW on New Year’s Eve as Storm Dylan swept across the North Sea. Wind has continued to set new records in 2018.
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