Stormy weather and increased capacity leads to a surge in green energy generation.

The stormy weather that has battered the UK in recent months has driven a surge in renewable energy generation, with new figures showing that a raft of wind power records were broken during December.

Data released yesterday by trade association RenewableUK confirmed that both the amount of wind power generated and the percentage of UK power sourced from wind hit a record high in December, as a result of both high winds and an increase in overall capacity over the course of the year.

Overall, a total of over 2.8m MWh of electricity was provided to the National Grid over the course of the month, enough to power more than 5.7 million UK homes. Moreover, wind power met 10 per cent of total electricity demand during December.

Records were also broken for the highest level of weekly output, with 783,886 MWh generated during the week starting December 16th, while December 21st saw a new daily record of 132,812 MWh generated – 17 per cent of the nation’s total electricity demand that day.

The figures account for power generated by wind farms connected to the National Grid and as such the real total would have been fractionally higher thanks to a number of relatively small scale off grid wind farms and small scale turbines.

Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK, hailed the performance as a “towering achievement for the British wind energy industry”, “It provides cast-iron proof that the direction of travel away from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewable sources is unstoppable,”

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