UK clean wind energy subsidy less than 3 pence per household per day

March 26th, 2013 by RenewableUK

Wind energy costs as little as 2.67 pence per UK household per day according to statistics released by Ofgem on 21 March 2013.

The news that the cost of wind is so low comes as the UK’s energy regulator revealed that together onshore and offshore wind accounted for nearly 59% of renewable energy generation in the UK in 2011-2012, which was key in taking renewable energy over the 10% landmark of electricity consumed for the first time.

The Renewables Obligation annual report is published in the same week as warnings were made that the UK’s gas supplies were low, raising the danger that the UK will be left further dependent on expensive imports, the major reason for recent bill rises.

Gordon Edge, Director of Policy at RenewableUK (click image to expand)

Gordon Edge, Director of Policy at RenewableUK (click image to expand – image courtesy of RenewableUK)

Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK’s Director of Policy, said “these figures from Ofgem show that while wind energycontinues to grow, providing more and more British homes with clean energy, the costs remain low.”

“Anyone who cares about stabilising consumer bills should support investment in clean energy and getting us off the hook of imported fossil fuels,” he said.

“Wind energy is the UK’s most abundant and inexhaustible asset and these results affirm that the industry is on track to generate at least 20% of the UK’s electricity needs by 2020.”

“In the context of rising energy costs as a whole, it is imperative that we continue to harness this plentiful and natural resource and take control of our energy future.”



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