Wind power can make an important contribution to the UK’s electricity supply even in the depths of winter when demand is highest, a new study says. Analysing past wind speeds and electricity demand, the researchers show that average wind power generally increases with demand during the year. And while wind power does drop in cold, still winter conditions, it picks up again when we get the very coldest weather. This means wind power can help meet high and peak electricity demand during winter, the researchers say. The findings are “clearly good news” for the UK’s electricity supply, another scientist tells Carbon Brief, but due to the variability of wind power, energy suppliers would still need to be able to call on other sources of electricity to help meet demand.
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