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Thanks to Great Britain’s stormy winter weather, its windfarms set a record for clean power generation. 40% of the electricity generated on December 18th came from wind farms. With help from the high wind speed across the country, the wind-generated share of the electricity mix remained over 40% through December 19th as well.
According to figures from the electricity system operator, the wind turbines generated 17.3 GW on December 18th, breaking the previous record set in January of the same year with just a tiny margin.
Due to the global pandemic and a drop in energy demand as office blocks, restaurants and schools were shut down, this has been the “greenest” year for the electricity system.
Melanie Onn, the deputy chief executive of Renewable UK, said to the Guardian:
“We expect to see many more records set in the years ahead, as the government has made wind energy one of the most important pillars of its energy strategy for reaching net-zero emissions as fast and as cheaply as possible,”