Turbine on the Norfolk coast. Image: DJ Mattaar Shutterstock
A record that was broken the week in which the British Government signed an agreement to increase the capacity of offshore plants to 30 GW by 2030.
Electricity production from offshore wind power in the UK has surpassed that of nuclear power plants: the figure announced by the analysis and consulting company Aurora Energy Research covers the period from 8 to 14 March, a record never reached in the country.
Thanks to the particularly windy weather of recent weeks, the wind sector has generated 35.6% of all electricity production in the UK, 21.4% of which comes from offshore plants.
In the same period, the second source of electricity production was natural gas (31.2%), followed by nuclear energy (21.3%), biomass (6.7%), coal (2.6 %), hydraulic (1.8%) and other sources (0.8%).
Offshore wind farm. Image: Riekelt Hakvoort Shutterstock
The record comes coincidentally in the week the British government signed a deal with energy companies to increase the capacity of offshore wind farms from the current 7.9 GW to 30 GW by 2030. A plan that should also create 27,000 new ones. specialized jobs in the sector.
In February, the largest wind farm in the world, Hornsea One, 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast, came into operation and started producing energy: it is estimated that, on its own, this plant will be able to meet the energy needs of one million British households, making the UK one of the European leaders in the wind industry.
“Thanks to a particularly windy week, the wind has outpaced all other sources of energy. It is further proof that wind plays an important role in supplying Britain with energy in the cold periods of the year. Our modern energy mix is changing – cheap wind power is becoming the backbone of our clean energy system.
Emma Pinchbeck, Deputy Managing Director of RenewableUK.
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