Turbines post record-breaking figures for UK wind power

Wind turbines have broken a new supply record on Saturday, meeting more than a third of British electricity demand.

According to National Grid and Elexon data collected by Drax, on Saturday wind power generation hit 14.3GW for the first time, supplying more than a third of Britain's power needs. It beats the previous generation record of 13.8GW set on March 1.

Overall on Saturday National Grid said wind generated more than 35 per cent of British electricity, compared to 20.3 per cent from gas, 17.6 per cent from nuclear, and 12.9 per cent from coal.

RenewableUK's executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: "Yet again, wind is playing a key role in keeping Britain going during a cold spell. When the mini 'Beast from the East' struck on Saturday, over a third of the UK's electricity was being generated by wind."

"We're harnessing a reliable, home-grown source of power which reduces our dependence on imports to maintain the security of our energy supplies," she added.

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