First quarter energy stats underline wind's role in the mix
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 29 Jun 2018
Wind has generated nearly 20 per cent of the UK's electricity, new Government statistics have revealed.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy outlined how 19.1 per cent of the power used by homes and businesses in the first quarter of the year came from onshore and offshore turbine array.
Onshore wind farms supplied 10.6 per cent of the country’s power needs, while offshore produced 8.5 per cent. Offshore is anticipated to quickly overtake land-based generation as major capacity is brought online in the coming years, with the Humber's Hornsea projects leading the charge.
Renewables overall generated 30.1 per cent, according to the Energy Trends document.
RenewableUK’s executive director, Emma Pinchbeck, said “These new figures show that wind power alone is generating nearly 20 per cent of the UK’s entire electricity needs. Although that’s impressive, it’s just the start. Today’s landmark report from the Government’s official advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change, warns that we need to do more to reach our clean energy targets, and it recommends deploying more onshore wind because it’s the cheapest source of energy. We hope Ministers will listen to their own experts and take swift action to lift the block on future onshore projects”.
“The figures also show that wind generated more than nuclear in the first quarter of this year (19.1 per cent compared to 17.9 per cent). It’s good to see the Government announced a Sector Deal for the nuclear industry, as that’s evidence of action on energy policy by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The offshore wind industry is also working on a Sector Deal with Government. We hope that will be agreed as soon as possible."
The first quarter saw the Beast from the East give the Grimsby-operated cluster of wind farms a strong run, with recently completed Race Bank almost taken up to full tilt, supplying more than half a million homes on its own.