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New wind power generation records have been set in Ireland, Germany and the UK in recent weeks, due largely to the winter storm Xaver, which blew through northern Europe.

According to the AWEA blog, Into the Wind, the Irish record was established on November 8th, with the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) reporting that total wind generation at 8 a.m. reached 1564 MW, enough to power the equivalent of 1 million Irish homes and over 45 per cent of system demand at the time.

 Meanwhile the UK’s wind generation rose to 6053 MW on the morning of December 2nd, creating 14 per cent of the country’s electricity on the day.

 Gary Hornby, energy markets analyst at Inenco Group Ltd., told Bloomberg News, “As well as the higher wind power, demand is down by about 2 GW from December 1st as well so it has given the chance for less efficient gas-burn facilities to drop output.”

 Finally on December 6th in Germany wind-generated electricity peaked at slightly more than 26000 MW, according to Renewable Energy International magazine.

Adds the article: “The effect on [electricity] prices was remarkable. In day-ahead trading, power prices on the exchange in Germany were only half of the levels in France and Switzerland, resulting in a large amount of power exports.”

“Perhaps the most interesting thing about the storm in terms of wind power is that it shows how much more wind power capacity we can withstand. The record peak was still not even one third of peak demand at the time, suggesting that Germany might be able to have three times the current level of wind power–100 GW–installed before large amounts of wind power would have to be stored.”

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