Wind power could be the second largest electricity source after gas according to RenewableUK, and could be supplying 1 in 10 homes in the UK by 2020.
The State of the Industry report from the trade association shows that installed wind power capacity in 2011/12 was up by a quarter or 1825 MW. Onshore wind capacity approvals are up for the first time in 5 years, for small schemes less than 50 MW approvals are up from 25% to 40%, while overall consented capacity so far this year totals over 1700 MW, up 50% on last year.
Offshore investment has also risen by 60%, reaching £1.5 billion in a year.
At the current rate, the UK will have 13.5 GW of wind capacity in operation by the end of 2014. And with the country now getting more than 10% of its electricity supply from renewables, the UK is at least on the right path to achieving its target of 15% of all energy from renewables by 2020.
“We have taken significant strides forward,” says RenewableUK chief executive Maria McCaffery. “These strong figures underline the importance of a secure trading climate to attract investment, especially in difficult times. That’s why it’s so important that the framework provided by the Energy Bill, currently under parliamentary scrutiny, must be right.”