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Wind lulls in 2021 compared with 2020.

9 September 2021

Has the increase in GB wind capacity reduced the incidence of wind lulls?

How does 2021 compare with 2020?

How is Barrow Offshore Wind Farm performing after 15 years in operation?

9 September 2021

Barrow Offshore Wind Farm is a 30 turbine 90MW capacity offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.

As it approaches 15 years of operation, how is it performing?

What does intermittency look like, and can wind deliver in the long term?

27 August 2021

Wind turbines can produce a lot of energy sometimes, but often they produce little or nothing. This intermittency is a huge problem, but do you know how variable the amount of energy produced is?

And do you know how much the performance of some wind farms is deteriorating with age?

Wind lulls don't seem to be going away. In fact, they've been getting worse.

9 July 2021

Despite increases in wind capacity, GB wind turbine performance appears to be deteriorating. What can we do about it?

Did wind live up to expectations on Global Wind Day 2021?

21 June 2021

Did wind live up to expectations on Global Wind Day 2021? Well, the answer is again "no".

Is wind locking us into fossil fuels?

15 June 2021

When the wind isn't performing - and we never know when it will or won't - we still have to use fossil fuels to deal with the deficit. How can this ever end?

Having problems with wind?

8 April 2021

As the effects of the pandemic continue, how is Great Britain's journey to net zero going? Despite headlines to the contrary, it's not going well at all.

What happened in 2020?

8 March 2021

Our review of GB electricity supply and demand in 2020 is now available. How did the fossil and renewable sources perform? How closer are we to being independent of fossil fuels?

How reliable was the wind in 2020?

7 January 2021

In the coming years we'll be relying more and more on the wind for electricity. The options to maintain our supply when it's not windy are being reduced soon, although demand for electricity is expected to increase. So, how reliable is the wind nowadays?

Coal: Are reports of its death greatly exaggerated?

4 January 2021

We all want to see the back of coal from the point of view of emissions, but how close are we to being able to do that really? What is the truth, rather than the hype?

Does wind turbine performance deteriorate with age? Part 2: Offshore.

18 December 2020

Various studies have shown that wind turbine performance deteriorates with age, but we haven't seen any recent analysis of what is happening in Great Britain. In this news article we look at offshore wind.

Does wind turbine performance deteriorate with age? Part 1: Onshore.

14 December 2020

Various studies have shown that wind turbine performance deteriorates with age, but we haven't seen any recent analysis of what is happening in Great Britain. In this news article we look at onshore wind.

Were you surprised that there's a problem when there's a wind lull?

20 October 2020

During w/c 12 October 2020 the National Grid warned that electricity would be in short supply after a string of unplanned power plant outages and unusually low wind speeds. The power plant outages may have been unplanned, but there was nothing particularly unusual about the low wind speeds.

Offshore wind can do it all by 2030 ... well, can it?

12 October 2020

On 6 October 2020 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that offshore wind farms will generate enough electricity to power every home in the UK within a decade.

Later that same day ...

7 September 2020

On the same day that wind achieved a new milestone, coal saved the day.

Which marine projects are they?

10 August 2020

In FES 2020 the role of marine technologies for electricity generation has greatly increased compared to FES 2019 levels. But what and where are these marine facilities going to be?

Welcome to FES 2020

4 August 2020

We have updated our site - well most of it, anyway - to reflect the content of the latest release of the National Grid's Future Energy Scenarios - FES 2020.

Should we celebrate over 60 days without coal?

2 July 2020

Great Britain has just experienced more than 60 days without using coal to generate electricity. Did renewables step up to achieve this?

Was Global Wind Day a success in Great Britain?

16 June 2020

Yesterday was Global Wind Day, so let us celebrate it by showing how wind contributed to Great Britain’s demand for electricity over the 24 hours...

Wind contribution to demand during lockdown.

13 May 2020

Demand on the Grid has been reduced by about 20% during lockdown. How did our renewables cope with the reduced demand?

Great Britain's electricity supply during lockdown.

2 May 2020

Another week of reduced demand during lockdown. What happened to the wind?

Great Britain's electricity supply during lockdown.

28 April 2020

How did our electricity supply cope with the reduced demand?

Great Britain's future electricity needs.

27 February 2020

Can our future electricity needs really be met by renewables and imported electricity?

UK to ban petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicle sales from 2035.

4 February 2020

How ready can the UK be?

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