UK Wind Shines as Renewables Beat Coal in 2015
Around 12.5% of electricity generated in the UK in 2015 came from wind, according to the latest annual energy statistics issued today by the UK government.
The contribution of offshore wind grew by 30% in 2015, while onshore wind grew by 23%. Total wind generation in 2015 increased by 26% compared to 2014.The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which published the figures, said this was due to increases in capacity, load factors and higher wind speeds.
The latest figures have shown that 25% of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables last year – an increase of 29% on 2014.
Nearly half of this, 48% to be exact, came from wind power alone, with one in eight units of electricity generated in the UK in 2015 coming from wind.
In comparison, coal generated 22% of the country’s electricity – down from 30% in 2014.
“The Government took the right decision when it announced the phasing out of coal,” RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith, said.
”Now we can see renewable energy filling the gap, replacing old technology with new. 2015 was the first year that renewables outperformed coal. A quarter of Britain’s power is now coming from wind, wave and tidal power and other renewable energy sources. Renewables are now part of our energy mainstream, helping us modernise the way we keep the lights on by building new infrastructure for the generations to come.”
The government’s latest poll on the public’s views on energy, the Public Attitudes Tracking Survey, was also published today. It showed that 76% of people support renewable energy. 70% of people also said renewable projects provide economic benefits to the UK.