UK wind posts record December

British wind power enjoyed a boom December during which it set new delivery records to the nation’s grid, said RenewableUK.

The UK’s 10.4GW of wind capacity generated 2.84TWh last month when it met 10% of the country’s total domestic and commercial demand, according to the industry group.

December milestones included a 783.9GWh in the week starting 16 December – a seven-day record equating to 13% of the UK’s power needs.

Wind also delivered a daily record when it met 17% of total demand with 132GWh on December 21.

Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK said: "This is a towering achievement for the British wind energy industry. In December, we generated more electricity from wind for British homes and businesses than during any other month on record, and we also hit weekly and daily highs.

“This gives us a great sense of confidence for the year ahead, when we will continue to increase the amount of clean power we generate from wind, onshore and offshore.”