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UK wind generation hits new record, households get paid to use energy

United Kingdom wind power sets new record, allowing some households to get paid for using energy under innovative scheme to switch demand.

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Wind power in the United Kingdom set a new record on Sunday generating for the first time more than 16GW of electricity and providing over 40% of the country’s power – so much, in fact, that thousands of households were reportedly paid to use extra renewable electricity over the weekend.

RenewableUK, the country’s wind and marine renewable energy trade body, reported on Monday that the new wind power generation record was set on Sunday evening, with wind generating up to 16.162 GW of electricity, based on figures from National Grid, the UK’s grid operator.

Overall, wind generation on Sunday provided 43.7% of British electricity – more than double that produced by nuclear power (which provided 20.5%): Gas supplied 12.8%, biomass 7.9%, imports 7.4%, coal 3.1%, hydro 1.7%, solar 1.3%, storage 1.1% and other sources 0.5%.

“This new British clean energy record is a great early Christmas present, and shows just how important wind is in an energy system that’s changing rapidly,” said RenewableUK’s Director of Strategic Communications Luke Clark.

“On a dark cold Sunday when we need it most, wind was providing more than 40% of our power, far more than any other source of electricity. Wind energy is at the heart of our modern power system, enabling us to take practical action against dangerous climate change.”

The new record broke one set earlier this year, on February 8 which saw wind energy provide 15.32 GW.

Conditions were so favourable to wind energy generation, in fact, that The Guardian is reporting thousands of British households were paid to use extra renewable electricity over the weekend.

British homes using a new type of smart energy tariff were urged to plug in their electric vehicles or set their dishwasher on a timer to take advantage of record renewable generation in the early hours of the morning.

Duncan Burt, operations director for National Grid’s electricity system operator, thanked households for helping to balance the energy grid by “getting paid to use more energy on a windy night” when there was simply more wind power than needed.

The Guardian also quoted Greg Jackson, the founder of Octopus Energy, a UK electricity and gas supplier, who said that 2,000 homes on its Agile Octopus smart-energy tariff “made money for using energy when the wind was giving us more than enough” – paying 5.6p ($A1.08) for every kilowatt-hour of electricity used in certain overnight periods.

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4 Comments
  1. Peter_61 11 months ago

    $AUD 0.108/kWHr perhaps???

    • rob 11 months ago

      I was just going to write the same thing

  2. Ian 11 months ago

    What’s happening to the UK? Are they going nuts? Paying households to use electricity. Absurd, atrocious. Don’t they know that households are money-cows to be milked at every opportunity? Maybe they should send a delegation to our networks to learn how to cream their customers of every last cent.

    Joking of course, for those commentators that can’t see irony when it’s presented;)

    Smart meters, smart tariffs, flexible electricity pricing can be introduced by using excess electricity like the Brits have done. This is a very clever use of excess electricity to 1. Buy support and favour with customers 2. Promoted smart/ variable pricing technologies 3. Test network strength by loading portions of the grid.

    Many retail companies use specials, discounts and sales to promote, clear inventory, do merchandise housekeeping , outcompete their opposition, and study their market. So why not use excess electricity to do the same.

  3. Alan Wilson 11 months ago

    Well done UK 16Gw of wind power is fantastic …. why cant we have this sort of wind power capacity whats holding us back who is in the way what moron is holding back Australia … oh Moronson thats who …

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