The weather at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 has been one of the most extreme and dramatic on record in Western Europe. In the UK the continuous rain has meant the wettest winter since 1766 with gale force winds with peak speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour across the country. New records have been set for many parts of the UK, with southeast and central southern England having seen well over double the rainfall expected in a normal winter. In Ireland, 71 year old wind speed and 129 year old rainfall records were broken. France, Portugal and especially Italy have been also affected by extreme weather events with significant storms and flooding events over the same period.
Glennmont has been proactively managing the situation over the winter period ensuring that all support teams were ready to act in case of any unforeseen event due to extreme weather conditions. We also ensured health and safety standards and rules were fully adhered to at all times during these challenging conditions. Glennmont wind and solar parks have withstood the extreme weather without any material damage. During the period from December to January, Glennmont’s wind portfolio has produced electricity exceeding its business plan by 8%, producing 72.5GWh.