5.5% of UK power from wind


Wind power generation in the UK grew 33% last year and provided 5.5% of supplied electricity, provisional figures from DECC reveal.

Total primary energy production fell 10.7% in 2012 but wind built on the 4% share it held 2011, largely on the back of additional capacity.

Bioenergy output was up 46% and its total share in the energy mix was 1.9% while hydro generation was down 9% and its overall share dipped to 1.4% due to lower than average rainfall.

DECC said at this stage complete annual estimates are only available for “major power producers, which excludes auto-producers and some renewable sources”.

Low carbon generation accounted for 29.6% of the UK’s electricity supply with the majority of that coming from nuclear.

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