Renewable power at record high

New statistics have shown that the UK has hit record levels of renewable electricity. The statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change also show that electricity generated […]

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By Tom Gibson

New statistics have shown that the UK has hit record levels of renewable electricity. The statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change also show that electricity generated by wind has risen by 37% from this time last year.

Alex Murley, Head of Technical Affairs at RenewableUK said: “We are now within reach of 10% of electricity from renewables, having had around 2% a decade ago. The renewables industry has managed to deliver a five fold increase in actual units delivered to consumers since 2001. Secondly, this gives us confidence that, with the right policy support, we can deliver on our 2020 targets.”

The increase in generation from onshore and offshore wind means this sector now provides almost half of renewable power in the UK. Mr Murley added: “Wind is also set to provide not just clean electricity, but the jobs and the economic regeneration this country needs. “

There are currently 8617 MW of wind farm capacity either in construction or with planning permits around the UK scheduled to go on line in the next few years. Together with the 5194 MW of operational capacity this could provide around 37 TWh per year, which will push the total contribution from all renewables above that of nuclear.