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British wind energy output hits report

LONDON (Reuters) – Power era from Britain’s wind farms hit a report 14.2 gigawatts (GW) on March 17, National Grid mentioned on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: A cargo ship passes in entrance of an off-shore wind farm within the English Channel close to Clacton-on-Sea in south east England August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

Wind energy represented 34.2 p.c of home electrical energy era at 1430 GMT on Saturday, Britain’s energy grid operator mentioned.

“2017 was a record year for green energy and it’s looking likely 2018 is set to exceed that,” mentioned Fintan Slye, director of the system operator at National Grid.

Predicting wind output will be troublesome because it is determined by wind speeds and energy demand, however it’s anticipated to extend this 12 months as extra wind farms open.

Industry group Renewable UK forecasts round 2 GW of wind capability might be added in 2018.

Britain is seeking to wind energy to assist bridge a looming electrical energy provide hole as previous nuclear crops and coal-fired energy stations shut.

Wind capability within the nation grew by a couple of fifth in 2017 to round 19 GW, information from business affiliation Wind Europe confirmed, as wind farms reminiscent of Orsted’s Burbo Bank offshore extension and Vattenfall’s Pen-y-Cymoedd onshore venture opened.

In Britain’s most up-to-date renewable subsidy public sale final 12 months, the worth assure given to new offshore wind initiatives fell under that given to new nuclear era for the primary time. Prices are tipped to maintain falling as expertise advances.

The earlier wind era report, of 13.eight GW, was set on March 1, when a chilly snap gripped Britain and National Grid issued its first fuel deficit warning in eight years.

Germany has probably the most wind capability in Europe, at round 56 GW, adopted by Spain with 23 GW after which Britain, Wind Europe information confirmed.

Reporting by Susanna Twidale; Editing by Alexander Smith and Dale Hudson


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