UK offshore electricity generation surges ahead

UK: Electricity generated by offshore wind increased by 42% in 2010, while that from onshore rose by 16%, government statistics published today reveal.

The completion of the UK's Gunfleet Sands wind project helped push offshore electricity generation

Wind was the primary contributor to an overall rise in electricity production from renewables of 15%, though biomass and energy from waste also increased 9%, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (see report below).

This means that electricity from renewable sources rose to 6.8% of the total, compared with 6.7% in 2009 and 5.5% in 2008. The UK needs to produce 30% of its electricity from renewables to meet its 2020 target.

The growth in electricity generation from wind in 2010 is lower than previously. In 2009, offshore wind rose by 61% and onshore by 24%. In 2008, offshore increased by 49% and onshore by 38%.

Meanwhile, electricity produced from nuclear decreased from 18% in 2009 to 16% in 2010. This is a reversion to the long-term decline of nuclear generation in the UK, which hit a low of 13% in 2008.