A stunning example of the potential of renewable energy.
Yesterday at 11am wind generation peaked at 1048MW while this isn't a new wind generation record it is still a terrific achievement. At that time wind power was fulfilling more than 90% of Northern Ireland's demand for electricity. (1) pic.twitter.com/GUPOT1LYKx
— SONI Ltd (@soni_ltd) February 17, 2022
Currently over half of our energy needs is being met from renewable power, here is today’s fuel mix from SONI.
Obviously, this is due to the storms and high winds but it is a vindication of the potential for renewables. SONI have a target of generating at least 70% of our power needs from Renewables by 2030. They have a good summary document of their proposals here (PDF).
My personal view is the best mix is renewables combined with next-gen nuclear technology to provide a stable baseload. Improvements in battery technology will also enable better local storage and network storage.
The future is looking a little brighter.
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