Wind farms produced more electricity than nuclear power stations for the first time during the opening three months of the year.

Analysis by researchers at Imperial College London found wind turbines produced a record 15.6TWh of electricity – 30GWh more than nuclear plants.

A combination of wind and solar had overtaken nuclear during the final quarter of last year, but now wind has achieved the landmark on its own.

Wind power’s peak output reached a record 14GW on 17 March, according to the college’s latest Electric Insights report.

Wind performing on cold nights

Imperial College London said: “Britain’s wind farms produced 18.8% of electricity over the quarter, and at their peak they supplied 47.3% of the country’s demand – another new record.

“This happened overnight on 17 March, when temperatures once again dipped below freezing.

“There has been much debate on whether wind can be relied upon during a cold, calm spell.

“During the six sub-zero days this quarter, wind provided between 12% and 43% of electricity demand, operating at a minimum of 4.4 GW.”

> See the Electric Insights data