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Wind provides record 22% of power

Wind power has generated a new record high of 22% of the UK''s electricity over a 24-hour period, industry body RenewableUK said.

Electricity from wind outstripped coal yesterday, with the fossil fuel supplying just 13% of the UK's power on the same day.

Solar and biomass each provided 3% of the country's electricity, and hydropower accounted for 1%, while n uclear generated 24% and gas 26%.

Onshore and offshore wind turbines generated enough electricity to power some 15 million homes at this time of year, according to the statistics from National Grid.

The share of electricity generated by wind turbines is a new record, beating the previous 24-hour record of 21% set earlier this month. Before that, the record stood at 20%, generated on December 20 last year, RenewableUK said.

RenewableUK's director of external affairs Jennifer Webber said "We're seeing very high levels of generation from wind throughout August so far, proving yet again that onshore and offshore wind has become an absolutely fundamental component in this country's energy mix.

"It also shows that wind is a dependable and reliable source of power in every month of year - including high summer."

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