Apparently, Storm Bella was good for the UK. According to the energy giant Drax, it has indeed enabled British wind power to generate more than half of the electricity used on Saturday, December 26, 2020 in the country. This is a record that certainly would not have been achieved without the winds of Storm Bella which moved at a speed of 140 km / h.
During this day, the percentage of electricity produced by wind turbines in the energy mix reached 50.67%. The previous record was recorded in August 2020 and was 50%. As Drax points out in a tweet, this is a first in the UK.
“For the first time yesterday, during Storm Bella, more than half of the UK's electricity was generated by wind,” it read.
This marks a turning point for the country, which is about to experience its “greenest year on record. "
British government relies on wind power
The UK has high hopes for wind power. A few months ago, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented the program that will be implemented to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. With this in mind, he mentioned the creation of an off-shore wind farm from here 2030. Boris Johnson aims for production of 40 GW.
As Rob Rome of the National Grid's Electricity System Operator (NGESO) points out, the UK is on the right track to meet its renewable energy targets.
“2020 has been a record year for British electricity. The grid continues to transform at breakneck speed as we harness the growth of renewable energy, ”he explains.
An example to follow in terms of renewable energies
NGESO draws our attention to another record set by the UK, through a press release. He indicated that on December 25, 2020, the share of coal in its energy mix was zero. This is yet another first for the country.
Rob Rome said the UK has also achieved performance records in solar power:
"We had the highest solar production in April, the longest period without using coal between April and June, and the greenest month in May."
According to energy giant Drax, the UK is currently experiencing a “renewable revolution. "