Wind power supplied more than 11% of the UK’s electricity supply in February according to new figures from National Grid.
The results showed the wind power industry was smashing a number of records over the last few months: The February figures broke the previous record set in December 2013.
In addition to beating the monthly record, February 23 also broke the daily record for wind supply, providing 17% of UK’s electricity supply on the day. On January 31, the half hour high was also smashed as wind power generated 6,215MW
The figures account for power generated by wind farms connected to the National Grid and as such the real total will have been higher still, thanks to a number of off grid wind farms and small scale turbines. National Grid collect this data but does not report it.
The high share of wind power is partially because of the storms that have been Britain this winter.
The UK plans to triple its wind capacity by 2020, as it seeks to get 15% of power demand from renewable energy sources. Both onshore as offshore wind is rapidly growing in the UK.
The installed capacity of offshore wind in the UK grew by 79% in one year (from July 2012 to June 2013, reaching 3,321 MW). The UK targets 16GW of offshore wind power by 2020.