Renewables hit 15% UK share

The UK's biggest onshore wind farm, the 539MW Whitelee

The UK's biggest onshore wind farm, the 539MW Whitelee

Almost 15% of the UK's electricity was generated by renewable sources in 2013 compared to 11.3% in the previous year – a new record for the country, government statistics released today show. 

Power generated from renewable sources increased by 30% in 2013 from 2012, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), taking it to a 14.9% share.

DECC says onshore wind continued to be the leading renewable technology for generating electricity, providing 32% of the total, while offshore wind generated a further 21%, meaning more than half of the UK’s renewable power came from wind.

The installed capacity of renewables increased by 4.2GW, reaching a total of 19.7GW in 2013, "mainly as a result of a 27% increase in onshore wind capacity and a 23% increase in offshore wind capacity", said industry body RenewableUK.

For the first time, more than 5% of UK's total energy supply came from renewables – up from 4.2% in 2012.

"More than half of Britain's clean electricity now comes from onshore and offshore wind. We're now on course to hit 10% of electricity from wind alone this year," said RenewableUK's director of policy Gordon Edge.

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