STORM Fran­cis’s great gusts have gen­er­ated a new UK record for wind power.

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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

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