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Quarter of UK homes powered by wind in 2014

Record amounts of clean electricity were generated by wind power in 2014, according to official statistics from the National Grid.

Wind generated enough electricity to supply the needs of more than 6.7 million UK household last year; a 15% increase on the amount generated in 2013.

Wind farms feeding into the grid, as well as smaller sites connected to local networks, provided 9.3% of the UK’s total electricity supply in 2014, up from 7.8% in 2013.

Other records broken in December included: a new monthly high of 14% of all UK electricity generated by wind, beating the previous record of 13% set in December 2013; and a new quarterly record of 12% of electricity from wind in the last three months of 2014, breaking the previous record of 11% set in the first quarter of 2014.

RenewableUK deputy chief Maf Smith said: “It’s great to start 2015 with some good news about the massive quantities of clean electricity we’re now generating from wind, with new records being set month after month, quarter after quarter, and year on year, as we increase our capacity to harness one of Britain’s best natural resources.”

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