The trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, RenewableUK, says today’s official Government figures
on renewable energy show that the Prime Minister was wrong to attack onshore wind earlier this week.
The latest update of “Energy Trends”, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, shows that 18% of Britain’s electricity was generated from renewable sources in the third quarter of 2014 – an increase of 4% on the same period last year.
DECC says wind generation grew by 10 per cent in Q3 this year compared to Q3 in 2013 due to an increase in capacity. 447 megawatts was installed in Q3 2014, including 335 MW at Gwynt y Mor and West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farms.
Electricity generated from onshore wind increased by 7.7% while generation from offshore wind was up by 14.1%.
RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber, said: “Electricity generated from renewables – up again. Clean power provided by wind for British homes –up again. No wonder two-thirds of the public repeatedly tell every independent polling organisation from YouGov to Ipsos MORI that they support wind energy, and a majority of people want to see more onshore wind farms built near them. Their understanding of the importance of generating clean power from home-grown sources stands in sharp contrast to the misguided and quite frankly ignorant comments by the Prime Minister earlier this week, when he wrongly suggested that people are fed up with wind”.