UK renewable power production reaches record high

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Statistics produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows that the proportion of electricity being generated from renewable energy sources in the UK has reached a new record high of 15.5 per cent of total electricity generation in the second quarter of this year.

This represents a jump of 5.8 per cent compared with the same period in 2012, when the figure stood at 9.7 per cent.

Generation from onshore wind was up 70 per cent on the same time last year, while offshore wind showed an increase of 51 per cent, due to increased capacity onshore and offshore, as well as high wind speeds, according to DECC.

At 48 per cent, nearly half of the total generation from renewables came from wind.

In an email statement to PEi, Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of RenewableUK welcomed the news saying: “The fact that we have seen the record for renewables generation broken twice in the space of a few months shows for itself the progress being made in the race to decarbonise our economy and secure our future electricity supply.”

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