UK wind grabs 22% power share

A new record 22% of UK electricity was generated by wind power yesterday (August 17), said industry body RenewableUK.

Sunday’s figure beat the 21% previous high set on August 11, said RenewableUK, citing figures from National Grid.

The 22% meant wind outshone coal’s 13% share and nudged close to nuclear (24%) and gas (26%).

"We're seeing very high levels of generation from wind throughout August so far, proving yet again that onshore and offshore wind has become an absolutely fundamental component in this country's energy mix," said RenewableUK's director of external affairs, Jennifer Webber.

"It also shows that wind is a dependable and reliable source of power in every month of year – including high summer," she said.

The UK's 11GW of onshore and offshore wind turbines generated an average of 5.8GW yesterday – enough to power more than 15 million homes at this time of year, according to the statistics from National Grid.

In the UK, almost 15% of electricity was generated by renewable sources last year, compared to 11.3% in 2012, according to government figures.