Renewable technology within the UK elevated 10% year-over-year in 2022, reaching 134.8 TWh, in keeping with the earlier file from 2020, which was pushed by unusually excessive wind speeds and rainfall, in response to authorities statistics launched final week.
The rise in renewables technology final 12 months displays new capability, primarily offshore wind, which added 2.7 GW, in addition to 0.7 GW of recent photo voltaic and 0.3 GW of recent onshore wind capability, along with wind speeds returning to extra regular ranges after a non-windy 2021.
Wind technology set a file, surging 24% to 80.2 TWh. Photo voltaic technology was additionally at a file excessive, whereas bioenergy technology was down 11% to 35.4 TWh because of outages at key websites.
Total, renewables’ share of technology climbed to 41.4% from 39.6% in 2021, though it remained 1.8 proportion factors beneath the earlier file in 2020. The share of wind energy manufacturing was at a file excessive of 24.6%.
Wind’s file efficiency was hailed by trade group RenewableUK. “Wind is our cheapest source of power and every unit of electricity we generate from it means burning one less unit of fossil fuel,” stated its government director of coverage Ana Musat.
“But the international competition for investment in renewables is intense, so we’re urging the Government to make Britain the most attractive country for building new clean energy projects,” added Musat.