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Record breaking year for British wind energy - 8th January 2016

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Recently released statistics from the National Grid show that energy generated by offshore and onshore wind reached an all time high in 2015.

Providing 11% of the UK’s electricity in 2015, compared with 9.5% in 2014, Britain’s wind farms have supplied their largest ever amount of clean energy for homes and businesses.

These numbers equate to enough energy to power 30% of UK households - 8.25 million homes, an increase of 1.55 million from 2014.

Community Windpower’s Aikengall wind farm had an excellent start to the year, running at 79% capacity.

December 2015 was a record breaking month for wind power, providing 17% of electricity for the country at a time of year when it’s needed most. The previous record was set last January, when wind energy provided 14% of the country’s electricity.

RenewableUK’s Director of Policy Dr Gordon Edge said “This is a great way to start the new year – the wind industry can be proud that it has shattered weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual generation records in 2015. This re-writes the record books. We’ve had a bumper harvest thanks to increased deployment and superb wind speeds. 

“It also demonstrates why the Government should continue to support wind energy, as we’re delivering on our commitment to keep Britain powered up. We can continue to increase the proportion of the nation’s electricity which we provide as we move away from fossil fuels to clean sources of power”.

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