Trade association RenewableUK says official government figures show that Prime Minister David Cameron was wrong to criticise onshore wind.
The latest update of Energy Trends, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, shows that 18 percent of Britain’s electricity was generated by renewable technologies during the third quarter of 2014 – an increase of 4 percent on the same period in 2013.
According to DECC, wind generation grew by 10 percent during Q3 this year, compared to Q3 2013. This was due to an increase in capacity of 447 MW during Q3, including 335 MW at Gwynt y Mor and West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farms. Onshore wind increased by 7.7 percent while offshore wind generation increased by 14.1 percent.
“Electricity generated from renewables – up again” said Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs. “Clean power provided by wind for British homes –up again.”
Ms Webb added that two thirds of the British public repeatedly tell opinion polls such as Ipsos MORI and YouGov that they support wind energy, while a majority of people want to see onshore wind farms built near them. Their understanding of the importance of generating clean power from home-grown sources is a sharp contrast to the comments made by Prime Minister David Cameron in early December in which he claimed that people are fed up with wind.