The British Association RenewableUK (formerly known as ‘British Wind Energy Association’ – BWEA) has posted on its official website information about the record generation of electricity from wind: “For the first time we have recorded generation exceeding 10,000 MW, which provided more than 20% of the electricity demand in the country.”
British energy specialists have also published the data from these measurements on social networks:
In addition, experts say that it is the year 2016 that will be a watershed for the United Kingdom, when electricity generation from wind outperforms coal.
For more information on the UK energy statistics data, please visit the website energy-charts.org
RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck commented on the event in her interview, “It’s terrific to see wind power smashing another record. It’s one more proof that wind is playing an increasingly central role as a reliable part of our new modern energy system. Clean energy is a bonus not just for the renewable energy sector, but for all of us.”
In 2015, wind power provided 12% of the country's electricity demand (7% from the offshore + 5% from the onshore wind farms). RenewableUK Association Limited has published statistics which show that the UK share of renewable energy sources demonstrates a positive trend.
It is worth noting that the UK was one of the first countries to have committed to the development of wind power industry: the first wind farm in the United Kingdom was built 25 years ago. Today, the country occupies a leading position in the world in terms of the installed capacity of offshore wind power and continues to actively develop this promising trend. And, despite the uncertainty of the consequences of Brexit, the government has undertaken the course to a substantial increase in the share of renewable energy.