More than half of Great Britain’s daily electricity came from wind turbines for the first time on Boxing Day, as the country headed for its “greenest year on record”, due in part to the coronavirus. As Storm Bella arrived, bringing gusts of up to 100mph, wind provided 50.7% of Great Britain’s electricity according to data charting the power generation mix. While wind briefly hit 60% in August, it had not previously sustained such levels for 24 hours.
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Britain’s electricity system is on track for its greenest year after the shift to renewable energy gathered pace and the pandemic suppressed power demand. Data from National Grid shows that in the first 11 months of the year the “carbon intensity” of Britain’s electricity system — a measure of how polluting it is — has been lower than any year on record. National Grid’s electricity system operator division said that by November the measure stood at an average of 181 grams of carbon dioxide emitted for every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated. For the whole of last year that figure averaged 215g, having fallen every year since 2013 when burning coal was still Britain’s biggest source of electricity and the carbon intensity stood at 529g per kilowatt-hour. The Climate Change Committee, the independent body that advises the government, has said that Britain’s power system will need to be decarbonised by 2035 to put the country on track for its goal of net zero emissions by 2050. On December 18 wind power delivered a record of almost 17.3 gigawatts of electricity output between 1pm and 1.30pm. That equated to 43.2 per cent of supplies. In the summer a record was set for wind’s share of the output at 59.9 per cent on August 26. Solar power also delivered record output in April of 9.68 gigawatts. Rob Rome, interim head of national control for National Grid’s electricity system operator, said: “The grid continues to transform at an astonishing rate as we harness the growth of renewable power sources. “[December 18’s] wind record is the latest to illustrate this changing nature of electricity in Britain.
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