Onshore wind generation ‘up by 62% this year’

Onshore wind generation in the UK has increased by 62% compared to last year. That’s according to the UK Government’s latest report on energy trends for renewables – which compares last […]

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Onshore wind generation in the UK has increased by 62% compared to last year.

That’s according to the UK Government’s latest report on energy trends for renewables – which compares last year’s Q2 with this year’s.

Onshore wind generation went up from 3TWh to 4.9TWh whilst offshore wind increased from 2.1TWh to 3.6TWh – a growth of 70%.

That’s due to higher wind speeds and more capacity, particularly for offshore wind  – even though average wind speeds in 2015 were only “marginally higher” than normal.

Wind speeds for 2014 were the second lowest for quarter two since 2010.

Solar generation more than doubled from 1.5TWh to 3.2TWh due to increased capacity.

Renewable electricity capacity as a whole was 28.4GW in 2015 – which is a 26% growth compared to last year. That’s a 2.2% rise on the previous quarter due to a high growth in solar and wind capacity – especially offshore.

In 2015 more than 3,500MW of capacity was installed and eligible for the Feed-in Tariff scheme – an increase of 29% – although the initiative was recently cut.

Liquid biofuels consumption fell by 24% from 464 million litres in 2014 to 355 million litres. Liquid biofuels represented 3% of petrol and diesel consumed in road transport, which is down from 4% a year earlier.