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ANOTHER new record, indicated wind power 8.16GW at present :)

Think of the amount of gas not burnt and therefore still in store for future needs.
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Last night another new record was set, indicated wind power reached 8.19GW, fairly briefly and remained at over 8GW for many hours.

At one point wind power exceeded natural gas, which may be a first.
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This site is reporting over 9Gw wind at the moment, but I think this includes an estimate of unmetered turbines.

http://clivebest.com/rgraph/Wind.html

Interesting that this makes wind the largest single source of power, bigger than nuclear, and more than twice gas. Strangely, they are currently running coal.

I suspect this is a record low for gas consumption, with the exception of Christmas day.
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Indicated power from wind is at present 8.02GW, which whilst not an all time record, may be a record for this time of year.
Despite a good performance from nuclear at 7.96GW, wind is still exceeding nuclear.
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Looks like another new all time record :)
Indicated electricity from wind is now at 8.21GW, previous record was 8.19 AFAIK.

The actual figure will be significantly higher since the indicated power only includes large wind farms that are metered in real time. The output of smaller wind turbines simply shows up as a reduction in indicated demand.
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ANOTHER all time record :D indicated power from wind reached 8.9GW an hour or so ago, a substantial gain on the last record of 8.2 GW.
About 8.6 at present.

The actual figure is higher than that indicated due to small wind turbines that are not metered in real time.

Edit to add at about 22-00, wind is greater nuclear or CCGT.
Wind is still well over 8 and nuclear or gas are each well below 8.
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adam2 wrote:ANOTHER all time record :D
Like the strongest recorded hurricane, we want no more records broken :lol:(unless it's through added capacity of course).
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Anyone know roughly how many full-size wind turbines are available to the grid at the moment (i.e. commercial wind farms)?
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Overnight on first October carbon intensity UK electricity fell below 100g co2 /kWh when wind was about 9gw and gas about 2.5gw and coal zero. In a year or two we may hit zero fossil fuel nights as more wind comes on line.
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Meanwhile, the new floating wind farm fires up!

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/tec ... -scotland/
Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said Scotland was “the windiest country in Europe� and also had some of the deepest waters, making it perfectly placed to capitalise on the new technology.
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RenewableCandy wrote:Meanwhile, the new floating wind farm fires up!

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/tec ... -scotland/
Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said Scotland was “the windiest country in Europe� and also had some of the deepest waters, making it perfectly placed to capitalise on the new technology.
Do you think this was part of it? :shock:
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Indicated power from wind is now 9.62GW, which I strongly suspect to be a new all time record.

Winter evening peak demand being met with no use of OCGT plant and only about 60% of the CCGT capacity running. And exporting to France.
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New record?

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Currently, http://www.mygridgb.co.uk/ has wind as 11.GW,


Peter.
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Blue Peter wrote:Currently, http://www.mygridgb.co.uk/ has wind as 11.GW,


Peter.
Indeed, but I quoted figures from the gridwatch site as IME these have proven more accurate, consistent and reliable than those from other sources.
The figure from gridwatch only includes power from large wind farms that are metered in real time. There is an unknown addition from smaller and unmetered wind power.
Gridwatch state that this unmetered production could be as much as another 30%. My own view is that this is out of date and unduly optimistic.

For several years, gridwatch have quoted this 30% figure, but it may not reflect the recent substantial growth in large metered wind farms.
If large metered wind farms have doubled in capacity, then the small unmetered capacity should also have doubled for the 30% figure to be still accurate. I doubt this to be the case, though I have no hard data to back up this view.
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I would expect small unmetered wind to have just about stalled, as of 2017, as it is almost impossible politically and without subsidy uneconomic to install more, when offshore wind has ever increasing economies of scale.
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