Wind Power production increases by over 50%
Offshore and onshore wind power increased by at least 50% last year, as pressure from environmentally aware consumers encouraged the growth of clean energy.
Onshore wind power output increased by 51% to 3.6 terawatt-hours in Q1 as increasing numbers of turbines were added, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Offshore turbine numbers grew by 50%, resulting in the share of electricity being created from renewable sources increasing from 7.7% to 11.1%.
By 2020 the UK plans to install 31 gigawatts of wind capacity, in a bit to procure 15% of all energy from renewables.
During the first quarter wind turbines in the UK produced enough power for 6 million homes, according to data from industry lobby RenewableUK.
Scotland is going even further and aims to get all electricity from clean sources from 2020. Last year renewable energy generation rose 44.3% to a record 13,735 gigawatt-hours in 2011 compared with the previous year.
This amounted to around 35% of all electricity production in Scotland.
This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .