Renewable energy will power 1/10 British homes by 2015

Posted: 30/10/2012

The latest research by the trade association Renewable UK shows that an astonishing one in ten British homes will be powered by renewable energy by 2015 and renewable energy capacity will overtake nuclear power by 2018 if the current growth rate contunies in the UK.

The current amount of energy supplied by wind power has risen by a quarter since 2010 alone especially in 2012 which has unexpectedly been a good year for the renewables industry. There has been a £1.5 billion pound investment in off shore wind farms over the past year and planning approvals have also doubled to a record level. These figures have been helped massivly by the latest wind farm project taking place in the south of the region.

The first of the London Array wind turbines which will become the largest offshore wind farm in the world have begun to generate their first megawatts of electricity. The London Array is located 12 miles off the coast of Essex and Kent in the Thames Estuary and the first phase will see 175 wind turbines generating enough electricity to power a massive 470,000 homes.

Since the construction began in March 2011, 151 wind turbines have been installed and the first phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 which will produce a huge 630 megawatts of electricity, the largest capacity of an offshore wind farm in the world according to the companies behind the project.

If the second phase of the project is approved, the amount of electricity produced by all of the wind turbines would total a huge 870 megawatts but the second phase of the project has faced a delay due to the plans having to be resubmitted over concerns that the scheme would hit the red-throated diver population which reside in the Thames Estuary.  

The companies that are involved in the London Array are Dong Energy who have a 50% stake, E.ON which owns 30% and Abu Dhabi renewables company Masdar owns 20% of the project. The chief executive of E.ON UK spoke to the Guardian and stated that they are ‘aiming to reduce the costs of offshore wind by 40% by 2015.’

What do you think of the latest figures emerging from the renewables energy sector and do you believe that renewable energy will leave nuclear power sitting in its tracks by 2018?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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