UK wind record

Can Wind Power meet the energy needs of Britain in the 21st century or is it just a lot of overblown hype?

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11.36 Gw now, another new record.
Wind power is also the largest single contributor to the grid, and has been for some hours.
I suspect that this is the first time that wind power has been the largest source for a sustained period, on a weekday, during working hours.

Edit to add, reached 11.5Gw later the same day.
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Wind has had a good week. Looks like it has been above 5GW for a lot of the week.

On another note the wind farm I worked on has already been officially opened.
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Wind is currently the largest input to the UK grid, a situation routinely achieved at off peak hours, but still unusual during working hours.

11GW, which is impressive though not a record.
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adam2 wrote:Wind is currently the largest input to the UK grid.
So climate change is helping reduce FF demand? :lol:
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Not if a warming world increases air conditioning demand.

Now soon before a windy warm Sunday night sees UK demand fall and wind supply rise to the point where no gas or coal is required?

I suspect not before most of the the UK nuclear plants reach end of life.

EDIT

using 2018 gridwatch instantaneous (5 minute ) data,
minimum demand = 18,78 GW

max wind = 12.12 GW
max nuclear = 8.33 GW
max biofuel = 3.09 GW
max Hydro = 1.05 GW

so we already have theoretical potential to meet 125% of demand from
non-fossil sources at point of minimum demand.

This assumes the data is accurate and not noisy.

EDIT 2

A more realistic figure for minimum demand would be 20GW.

The result still holds.
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Wind confirmed at a record 14.9GW , 32% of demand at weekday evening
peak.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... rgy-record
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I've just signed this: Petition to keep Kirkby Moor wind farm going for another few years:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ ... ind-farm-1
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Indicated power from wind is now 12.38GW which I suspect to be another new record.

As shown by Gridwatch, other sources may differ.
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Wind has been at or about 10GW (metered) almost continuously for the last 96 hours. Over this period I suspect wind has come very close to beating NG into second place for power generation.

Forecast is to remain very windy for a few more days at least...
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Metered wind at 11.3 GW, total estimated renewables supply over 20GW according to http://www.mygridgb.co.uk/dashboard/ - maybe a bit high.

This is over 50% of UK peak weekday demand. Current estimated carbon intensity 133 gCO2/KWh.

If current trends continue the UK might just meet its legal target of 100gCO2/KWh by 2030.
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Indicated UK wind power is currently about 12.5 Gw which I suspect to be a new record.
As on gridwatch, other sources may differ.
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Another new record, indicated power from wind is now at 13 Gw according to Gridwatch, figures from other sources may differ.
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13.3 Gw indicated now from wind.
Wind is also the single largest contributor to the national grid, a situation regularly achieved at weekends or overnight, but noteworthy during working hours.
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Wind power into the UK grid earlier reached 13.5Gw and is still at almost that figure, another new record.
As indicated on gridwatch, other sources may differ.
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Did anyone else hear the PM announce upping the Offshore Wind target from 30 GW to 40? In among all the awful news that was a moment of brightness...
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