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UK wind sets new generation record

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Britain’s grid operator, National Grid ESO, confirmed that 20.91 gigawatts (GW) of power was produced by offshore and onshore wind turbines on the penultimate day of the year. This has surpassed the previous record of 20.896 GW which was recorded the month prior.

On the same day, National Grid ESO also announced that a record 87.2% share of electricity on the grid came from low-carbon sources, including wind, solar, and hydropower. In comparison, only around 54% of electricity generated came from low carbon sources in 2019. These records mark a momentous achievement for the United Kingdom as it battles to achieve Net-Zero by 2050.

This exciting news also comes at a crucial time for many Britons who have been unfairly impacted by the cost of rising energy bills. Commenting on the importance of renewable energy for these people, RenewableUK Chief Executive Officer Dan McGrail stated that “Wind power is playing a central role in keeping UK homes and businesses powered up at the coldest time of the year”. He also added that continual investment is “vital” to tackle the “cost-of-living crises for [these] hard-pressed bill payers”.

You can track the generation output in the UK using the National Grid ESO’s Carbon Intensity Dashboard at any time by visiting this link: https://dashboard.nationalgrideso.com/  

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