24 Dec 2010 03:12:05
UK govt reveals soaring wind capacity records
New figures from the UK government have revealed that renewable energy supplied 8.6 percent of the country's total electricity during the third quarter this year, putting it closer to the ten percent target by the end of 2010.
The Energy Statistics report showed that the supply of wind, hydro and other renewables increased by 23.1 percent in the third quarter year-on-year.
Furthermore, wind energy was shown to be the massive growth area, with this form of renewable energy rising by 36.9 percent year-on-year.
"Today's results have two important implications: we are now within reach of 10 percent of electricity from renewables, having had around 2 percent a decade ago. The renewables industry has managed to deliver a five fold increase in actual units delivered to consumers since 2001," said Alex Murley, RenewableUK head of technical affairs.
The representative added that these new figures provide optimism that the 2020 target of sourcing 15 percent of energy from renewables will be met.
Recently, it was revealed that the majority of young Britons supported green energy, which could also help future targets be met.