Hurricane Bertha creates wind energy records for the UK in August

Hurricane Bertha creates wind energy records for the UK in August

wind energy is on the rise thanks to hurricane Bertha

On August 10th, wind energy reached an all-time high of 17% of the UK’s total energy requirements with average electricity generation of 5007MW, thanks to the effects of Hurricane Bertha. For comparison purposes, 2012 saw 3331MW and in 2013, 4064MW for the month of August.
Unfortunately, during the same time period, coal accounted for 11% of the energy mix, while gas and nuclear energy provided a combined 30%. Despite the press toting the benefits of shale oil and gas through fracking, renewable energy has still been on the rise in the UK and even made up 19.4% of electricity generated in first quarter of 2014, which is up a whopping 6.9% from last year’s stats.
A large offshore wind farm, Rampion, is also scheduled for installation off the coast of Sussex by next year. Energy secretary Ed Davey approved the £2 billion project, saying “This project is great news for Sussex, providing green jobs as well as driving business opportunities right across the country in a sector with a clear roadmap for long-term growth”. The wind farm is expected to have 175 wind turbines built approximately 9 miles from the coast and will ideally generate enough electricity to power 450k homes.
Onshore wind is still providing the most electricity in the UK, and according to a Government report:
“Onshore wind showed the highest absolute increase in generation in 2014 Q1, increasing by 62 per cent, from 4.1 TWh in 2013 Q1 to 6.6 TWh, as a result of much increased capacity and high wind speeds.Similarly, offshore wind increased by 53 per cent, from 2.9 TWh to 4.4 TWh. High rainfall in Scotland led to generation from hydro increasing by 78 per cent to a record quarterly level of 2.2 TWh”
Ideally, the UK and countries across the globe will see the value of wind energy and its contributions to the energy mix.

Posted By Sally on August 13, 2014 | 0 Comment

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