UK - The Year of the Renewables Revolution

A record breaking year for wind energy

Wind energy in the UK has broken all records in 2006, making this the most productive and successful year for the sector since the country’s first commercial wind farm started generating 15 years ago.

A record breaking 630 new megawatts (MW) of wind energy have already been commissioned in 2006: an increase of 50% on performance of 2005, which in turn saw a 100% increase on capacity commissioned in 2004.

The countdown has now begun to the UK’s second gigawatt of installed capacity – only 18 months after commissioning its first - firmly positioning the wind industry as a key player in the UK energy market and the UK wind industry in the top ten players globally. Wind energy is officially the fastest growing energy source world wide, with an average annual growth rate of 23% over the last 15 years. And here in the UK, home to some of the best winds in the world, this trend is very evident.

With a further 625 MW currently under construction, and consents awarded for a further 2120 MW, the UK wind sector is undoubtedly leading the way in providing clean new generation, and meeting Government targets for securing future energy supplies and tackling climate change.

The renewables revolution firmly underway means that a record number of homes will be powered by the wind this Christmas: wind turbines in the UK generate sufficient electricity to meet the needs of over a million households – or to boil enough water for two billion cups of tea to wash down the Christmas meal.

For Further Information: Please contact Kate Ashenden Communications Officer British Wind Energy Association 020 7689 1935

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British Wind Energy Association
Edited by Trevor Sievert, Online Editorial Journalist
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