Extra 600 wind turbines increase electricity production in the UK

Posted: 17/01/2013

There were 600 wind turbines erected in the UK in 2012 which have increased the electricity production by 54% thanks to offshore wind turbines and 38% from onshore wind turbines according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The figures for new wind turbines built up to October last year were 309 offshore and 310 onshore and in total there are just over 4,000 wind turbines in the UK. Unfortunately, renewable energy makes up only 12% of the total energy supply for the UK with a third of electricity generated from coal. Coal is cheap at the moment due to the EU pollution rules meaning coal fired power stations will have to close in a few years time.

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change coal provided 35% of the energy in 2012 followed by gas at 28% and 22% came from nuclear however, oil generated less than 1% of electricity in the UK.

Do you think a similar amount of wind turbines will be built in 2013 to make the total energy production from renewable energy significantly increase?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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