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‘Stir-Up Sunday’ is going green

Stir-up Sunday, the traditional day of Christmas pudding making, falls this weekend (November 25) and will be powered by more renewable energy than ever.

From Press releases - 22 November 2018 12:00 AM

Making the christmas pudding

As home bakers up and down the country take up their wooden spoons and mixing bowls, UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distributor has calculated that the amount of renewable energy it has connected to its networks is enough to power the steaming of 4.5 million puddings!

Using precise calculations based on a traditional Christmas Pudding recipe (requiring the pudding to be steamed initially for eight hours), the electricity distribution company calculated that 4.5 million carbon-free Christmas puddings can be made – that’s a pudding serving for every man, woman and child living in the London, East and South East of England areas where the company delivers power.

Not an ounce of carbon or coal is required for this recipe, as UK Power Networks has connected enough energy resources including from wind turbines and solar panels to produce over 4,500 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity, the equivalent of 1.5 Hinkley Point C nuclear power stations.

For those skipping home-made puddings and opting for a shop bought option, there’s enough renewable power connected to the network to microwave 144 million Christmas puddings in one day.

Although the proof of the pudding is in the eating, at least those in London, the East and South East know that their festive favourite will be a little bit greener this Christmas.