[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

The heatwave has caused a wind drought with wind farms producing 40% less energy this summer  

Credit:  By Laura Clements | WalesOnline | 20 Jul 2018 | www.walesonline.co.uk ~~

A lack of wind in the UK this month has caused many of the country’s wind turbines to slow down.

Wind energy output across the UK is down 40% from the same time last year, according to a study at Imperial College London.

This is despite the fact that more turbines have been built in the interim.

Dr Robert Gross looked at data for the Wales, England and Scotland, and found that wind turbines have generated around 2-3 gigawatts.

During a windier period, generation can be as much as 9-10 gigawatts.

Last month, turbines produced less than 2% of Britain’s electricity – the lowest output in two years.

Dr Gross said that due to the the fact that Wales is on the west coast, it is better positioned to benefit from wind coming in from the Atlantic Sea.

Pen Y Cymoedd, in Treorchy, is the largest onshore wind farm in Wales.

Run by Vattenfall, the 76 turbines generate enough energy to power nearly 200,000 homes every year.

Site manager, Pat Delaney, said: “The first quarter of this year saw record high wind speeds on site which has been followed by a less windy second quarter, but certainly not a wind drought.

“With wind, solar and battery technology all part of our low carbon energy project portfolio in the UK, the fluctuations we’ve seen are expected and planned for as we develop the future energy mix needed for a climate smarter future.”

National Grid confirmed that on average, around 15% of Britain’s electricity comes from wind power, but data starting from July 1 this year put the monthly average closer to 6.9%.

Source:  By Laura Clements | WalesOnline | 20 Jul 2018 | www.walesonline.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


Tag: Accidents

News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.