Turbine on the Norfolk coast. Image: DJ Mattaar Shutterstock

A record that was broken the week the British government signed an agreement for increase the capacity of offshore factories to 30 GW by 2030.

Power generation from offshore wind in UK has overtaken nuclear power plants: figure announced by analysis and consulting firm Aurora Energy Research cover the period from 8 to 14 March, a record never reached in the country.

Thanks to the particularly windy weather in recent weeks, the wind sector generated 35.6% of all electricity production in the UK, of which 21.4% comes from offshore power plants.

During the same period, the second source of electricity production was natural gas (31.2%), followed by nuclear energy (21.3%), biomass (6.7%), coal (2.6%), hydraulics (1.8%) and other sources (0.8%).

Offshore wind farm. Image: Riekelt Hakvoort Shutterstock

The record comes as a coincidence in the week the UK government signed an agreement with energy companies to increase the capacity of offshore wind farms from the current 7.9 GW to 30 GW by 2030. A plan that is also expected to create 27,000 new specialized jobs in the sector.

In February, the world’s largest wind farm, Hornsea One, 120 km off the Yorkshire coast, went into operation and began producing power: it is estimated that this plant alone will be able to respond to energy needs of a million UK households, positioning the UK as one of the European leaders in the wind industry.

“Thanks to a particularly windy week, the wind outstripped all other energy sources. This is further proof that the wind plays an important role in Britain’s energy supply during cold times of the year. Our modern energy mix is ​​changing – cheap wind energy is becoming the backbone of our clean energy system.

Emma Pinchbeck, Deputy Managing Director of RenewableUK.

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