UK wind generation record smashed twice over weekend, say National Grid

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Energy analysts at National Grid today confirmed that a new record for UK wind generation was set over the weekend.

In the midst of St Patrick’s Day celebrations, National Grid say that a record 14.2GW was generated at 2:30pm on 17 March 2018.

The record beat the next previous generation record of 13.9GW, set four hours earlier on the same day at 10:30am.

Fintan Slye, director of the system operator at National Grid said: “We now have significant volumes of renewable energy on the system and as this trend continues; our ability to forecast and manage this is becoming more and more important.

“We have an expert team of forecasters, analysts and engineers who monitor a range of data, to forecast just how much electricity will be needed by consumers and how this is matched by generation available from renewable and other sources.”

Part of National Grid’s responsibility as a system operator is to ensure that the national transmission network is balanced and that supply and demand is matched second by second.

Mr Slye added: “2017 was a record year for green energy and it’s looking likely 2018 is set to exceed that.  We are excited about the progress being made and looking forward to ensuring it is delivered safely and securely to our customers across Great Britain”.