Wind trumps nuclear in first 3 months of 2018 (one nuclear station offline due to wrong kind of seaweed!)

Maybe Hinkley C – in which our Local Enterprise Partnership is investing so much of our money – should be surrounded by wind turbines as back up!

“Britain’s windfarms provided more electricity than its eight nuclear power stations in the first three months of 2018, marking the first time wind has overtaken nuclear across a quarter.

The renewable energy industry hailed the milestone as a sign the UK was well on its way to an electricity system powered by cheap, domestic green energy.

Across the first quarter, wind power produced 18.8% of electricity, second only to gas, said a report by researchers at Imperial College London.

Two nuclear plants were temporarily offline for routine maintenance, while another was shut because of seaweed in the cooling system. …”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/16/wind-power-overtakes-nuclear-for-first-time-in-uk-across-a-quarter