WIND POWER RECORD
STORM Francis’s great gusts have generated a new UK record for wind power.
The fierce storm caused flooding, power cuts and damage to homes and businesses. But with winds of 80mph, it also helped wind power generate its highest ever share of Britain’s electricity needs.
Thanks to the high wind speeds, wind turbines produced almost 60% of the power output for the country at 1am on Saturday 22 August.
Over the next decade, offshore wind power alone is expected to meet more than a third of the
UK’s power needs.
And there’s more good news, as newly published UK Government figures revealed that electricity generated from wind and solar is now 30-50% cheaper than previously thought.
The new estimates published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy suggest that electricity from onshore wind or solar could be supplied in 2025 at half the cost of gas-fired power.
The harbour wall at Newhaven took a battering from Storm Francis