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Wind power sets new annual electricity generation records

New statistics released by the Government show that Britain’s wind farms set new annual electricity generation records in 2022, producing enough power to meet the needs of 22.8 million homes.

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The figures, published by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, reveal that wind generated nearly a quarter of our electricity last year (24.6%, 80.2 terawatt hours), up from 21% (64.7TWh) in 2021 and an all-time annual high.

Offshore wind provided a record 13.8% of our power (45.0TWh), up from 11.5% (35.5TWh) in 2021. Onshore wind also generated a record annual amount of electricity (35.1TWh), providing 10.8%. The growth in offshore wind generation was driven by the addition of 3,193 megawatts of new turbines in British waters last year, while just 318MW of new onshore wind was added, mainly due to planning barriers for onshore wind.

Renewables overall produced 41.4% (134.8TWh) of our electricity. Low carbon sources (renewables and nuclear) generated a record 56% of our power.       

RenewableUK’s Executive Director of Policy Ana Musat said: “These record-breaking statistics show that wind is playing the leading role in Britain’s modern clean energy mix, keeping homes and businesses powered up using our superb natural resources.

“Wind is our cheapest source of power and every unit of electricity we generate from it means burning one less unit of fossil fuel. Wind is the key to cutting our dependence on expensive, volatile imported gas and reducing energy bills. But the international competition for investment in renewables is intense, so we’re urging the Government to make Britain the most attractive country for building new clean energy projects. This will enable us to create tens of thousands of jobs and attract billions in investment, as well as ensuring that we can move faster towards our climate change goals”.

The Government’s statistics are available here.

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