Wind power breaks big ten

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The date 6 September 2010 was a big day for the UK. Data collected that day indicated that for the first time around 10% of all electricity delivered to consumers was generated by the UK’s wind farms.

At the peak time of 8.30pm, a record-breaking 1860MW was being generated – largely from Scotland – accounting for 4.7 % of total generation at the time. National Grid also believes that if embedded wind generation (generation feeding directly into the low voltage local electricity networks by smaller wind farms) is taken into account wind generated about 10 per cent of GB’s power during the 24 hour period.

RenewableUK Chief Executive Maria McCaffery said:
“We are expecting to see the contribution of electricity from wind gradually increase over the next decade, to around 30% of the UK’s total consumption.”

““If we added together all the wind energy projects in planning to the projects already existing and about to come on stream, we would be three-quarters of the way to reaching our 2020 targets.”

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