UK wind turbines have capacity to power more than 4.5 million homes

March 6th, 2013 by RenewableUK

Royd Moor Wind Farm Yorkshire wind turbines onshore creative commons license Stephen Jones 250312 (click image to expand - image ©Stephen Jones)

A part of the Royd Moor Wind Farm in Yorkshire photographed by Stephen Jones on 25 March 2012 (click image to expand – image ©Stephen Jones, published under Creative Commons license)

UK Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics show that UK wind energy output increased by 33% in 2012 compared to 2011 due to the extra capacity provided by new UK wind farms going operational onshore and offshore.

The figures show that wind power generated 5.5% of the UK’s electricity needs in 2012, up from 4% in 2011.

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said “the official figures are getting better every year. Wind energy now has the capacity to power more than 4.5 million British homes with clean electricity, saving more than 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.”

“With the right level of UK Government support, we could be generating 20% of the UK’s electricity needs by 2020, by harnessing our naturally strong wind energy resources.”

“In the long term, this is good news for all of us who have to pay electricity bills, because we’re continuing to switch from increasingly expensive imports of fossil fuels which have been driving our bills up, to low carbon home-grown renewable sources at a predictable cost which we can control – that gives us energy security for the future,” he said.

“We’re also creating thousands of new jobs in the British wind energy industry, which will be employing 76,000 of us in green-collar jobs by 2021.”

 

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