New wind energy generation record confirmed for UK
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 11 Feb 2019
A new record for wind energy generation has been set.
National Grid has confirmed that a new high was hit on Friday, with 15.32 gigawatts hit, providing 36 per cent of Britain’s electricity demand.
It was recorded between 12.15pm and 1.45pm. This beats the previous record of 15.04GW set on December 18 last year.
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RenewableUK’s executive director, Emma Pinchbeck, who was on the Humber last week as the closing keynote for Grimsby Renewables Partnership's #GRP19 conference, said: “At one of the coldest times of the year, when we need it most, wind is generating over a third of Britain’s power needs, setting a new clean energy record. It’s yet another demonstration of how our energy mix is shifting to renewables, with onshore and offshore wind in the vanguard.
“This transition is set to continue apace; we’re currently finalising a sector deal that will see offshore wind alone generating at least a third of our electricity by 2030. This will secure £48 billion of new investment and support 27,000 highly-skilled jobs."
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She told how a deal had been done when speaking at Grimsby's Humber Royal Hotel. It comes as the first turbine has now been installed at Hornsea Project One, set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm later this year, operated and maintained from Orsted's East Coast Hub on Royal Dock.
The town is already responsible for an installed capacity of virtually 1.5GW, with a clear development path to 8GW now emerging.
Ms Pinchbeck added: "Onshore wind is already the cheapest source of new power in the UK and can make a major contribution to meeting our carbon reduction targets and keeping bills down."