Wind generates a fifth of UK electricity, BEIS figures show

First half sees Europe add 4.5 GW of wind energy
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Wind power generated almost of a firth of the UK’s entire electricity in the first quarter of 2018, according to new figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Government’s Energy Trends report found that the UK’s onshore wind farms supplied 10.6% of the country’s power needs, while offshore produced 8.5%.

Moreover, renewables overall generated 30.1% in Q1.

“These new figures show that wind power alone is generating nearly 20% of the UK’s entire electricity needs. Although that’s impressive, it’s just the start,” said Emma Pinchbeck, Director of trade body RenewableUK.

“Today’s landmark report from the Government’s official advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change, warns that we need to do more to reach our clean energy targets, and it recommends deploying more onshore wind because it’s the cheapest source of energy.

“We hope Ministers will listen to their own experts and take swift action to lift the block on future onshore projects.”