(Bloomberg) – Britain’s wind farms generated a record amount of electricity on Wednesday, freeing the country’s power grid from reliance on natural gas-fired power stations.
The wind has never been stronger as Britain heads into the winter heating season which will push energy bills to record highs. A strong performance from the country’s growing fleet of wind farms could prove the difference between a merely costly winter and a catastrophic winter where limited energy supplies cannot meet demand.
Wind power generation in the UK reached more than 19.9 gigawatts, surpassing a record set in May this year, according to National Grid data. Breaking wind energy records will become an increasingly common occurrence as Britain adds more offshore wind farms to help meet its target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century.
Offshore wind is a central part of the UK’s plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by mid-century. Under former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the government has pledged to reach 50 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade, more than tripling the number of turbines spinning offshore today.
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