Wind power blows 131% more electricity

Renewable energy backers have hailed the latest government figures which show that electricity produced by wind farms rose by 131% from April to June 2011 compared with last year. The […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Renewable energy backers have hailed the latest government figures which show that electricity produced by wind farms rose by 131% from April to June 2011 compared with last year. The statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show an increase in production of around 1.6 Twh (Terra watt hours), which is enough to supply 1.3 million homes.

Dr Gordon Edge, Director of Economics and Markets at the industry body RenewableUK said: “While the amount of power generated by wind turbines is of course dependent on the strength of the wind at any given time, these figures help to demonstrate the increasing importance of wind generation as part of our electricity supply.”

Despite the increase, wind is still a fraction of the UK’s total electricity supply and sceptics have written it off as an unreliable and intermittent source of power.

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