U.K. Wind Power Generated Record 22% of Electricity Yesterday

Aug 18, 2014 12:10 pm ET

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. wind turbines generated a record 22 percent of the country’s electricity yesterday, beating the 24-hour record for the second time in a week, the RenewableUK industry group said.

Wind farms generated an average of 5,797 megawatts Sunday, enough to power more than 15 million homes at this time of year, the lobby group said, citing National Grid Plc data. They produced 21 percent of the country’s power on Aug. 11, eclipsing the old record of 20 percent set on Dec. 20, it said.

“Wind has become an absolutely fundamental component in this country’s energy mix,” RenewableUK Director of External Affairs Jennifer Webber said today in an e-mailed statement. “Wind is a dependable and reliable source of power in every month of year including high summer.”