For the first time in the United Kingdom, wind has contributed more energy for the nation than nuclear power. In the first quarter of 2018, wind energy and nuclear power contributed 18.80% and 18.78% respectively to the nation’s power grid.
How did wind energy surpass nuclear energy? Nuclear energy was thought to be the answer to the world’s energy needs in the 1960s and 1970s. However, nuclear accidents around the world fueled global concern about the safety of nuclear energy. Costs to construct nuclear power plants sky rocketed as new safety measures were implemented in Europe and in the United States.
New technology has dramatically improved the power capacity and efficiency of wind turbines. The cost to generate power from wind farms onshore and offshore have plummeted. Electricity now costs significantly less than power from nuclear reactors. New battery storage systems now make intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar reliable power sources twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week.