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UK Renewable Energy powers forward

DECC has published an update to the Renewable Energy Roadmap showing a 27% increase in overall renewable electricity generated from July 2011 to July 2012. This includes the 60% increase in offshore wind capacity to 2.5GW. For a link to the DECC announcement, click here.

In addition to updating of the Roadmap, DECC has also released statistics showing the progress of renewable energy over the 3rd Quarter of 2012. Compared to Quarter 3 2011, overall renewable electricity generation is up by 25.2% to 9,488 GWh. Offshore wind capacity increased by 166 MW in the Quarter 3 2012 compared with Quarter 2 2012. This was largely due to the expansion of the Greater Gabbard and Sheringham Shoal wind farms, as well as the beginning of generation from the Lincs Wind Farm developed by Centrica, DONG and Siemens off the coast of Skegness.  Onshore wind capacity increased by 284 MW with much of this due to a large expansion in the new Whitelee 2 wind farm, as well as the beginning of operations at part of Clyde North. For a link to the DECC quarterly statistics, click here.