December’s stormy weather resulted in wind farms producing up to 12.2% of the UK’s electricity demand in December, according to figures released from green-lobby group RenewableUK today.
RenewableUK’s data showed December’s strong winds allowed the UK’s wind fleet to meet an average of 5.3% electricity of demand across the country. The group also praised National Grid’s handling of the large volumes of electricity generated by wind farms over the festive period.
As a result, carbon emissions from the UK’s electricity generators were cut by over 750,000t, equivalent to taking over 300,000 cars off the road.
However, the high winds did cause a fire on a turbine in the Ardrossan wind farm in Scotland.