Wind power becomes the largest source of electricity in the UK

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UK wind farms produced more electricity than gas-fired power stations in the first three months of 2023, according to independent report Drax Electric Insights. The report by scientists from Imperial College London on behalf of UK renewable energy company Drax Group found that almost a third (32.4%) of UK electricity was supplied by wind, with wind-generated energy totalling 24 TWh during the quarter — 3% higher than in the same quarter last year, while gas output fell by 5% to 31.7%.

Meanwhile, renewable sources including wind, solar, biomass and hydro accounted for nearly 42%, as fossil fuels provided 33%. The UK’s emphasis on offshore wind power is a key element of its plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In 2022, wind-generated electricity topped 20 GW, and the country has more than 13 GW of installed capacity spread across 44 wind farms. The government has targeted securing 50 GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2030, including 5 GW of floating technology.

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