Wind power record set
Forecasting system increasingly accurate
by Will Peakin Nov 07, 2012 No Comments
A new record for the maximum output from wind generation has been achieved, according to National Grid.
The energy company said that the half hourly average for metered wind generation reached 4199 MW yesterday afternoon, representing 9.3 per cent of demand at the time.
A spokesperson for Scottish Renewables said: “These figures from National Grid confirm what many of us have known for some time; that onshore wind is making a significant contribution to meeting our electricity demands, is a reliable energy resource and can be forecast with accuracy by those responsible for managing our electricity grid.
“Onshore wind is now a significant part of Scotland’s energy mix and is responsible for thousands of jobs as well as providing the basis for billions of pounds of investment in both electricity infrastructure and other promising renewable energy technologies such as offshore wind and marine.
“Latest figures also show some 35 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs were met by renewables, with onshore wind making up a the majority of this generation.”
National Grid added that its wind power forecasting system had become increasingly accurate: “The forecasting performance was excellent,” said Alan Smart, its Energy Operations Manager.
“Our wind forecasting tool is under continuous development and we have done a lot of work to improve our forecasts on high wind days.
“As more wind generation is connected to the system, this tool will become increasingly important in helping us manage the electricity system”.