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UK wind energy production up 54%

UK: The latest provisional monthly energy statistics by the UK government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has shown energy production from the country's major wind suppliers increased 54% in the three months to the end of February.

The 630MW London Array offshore wind project helped to increase energy production
The 630MW London Array offshore wind project helped to increase energy production

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The UK's supply of electricty from wind rose 54% – a 3.3TWh increase – compared to the same period in 2012/13. The increase is being attributed to higher wind speeds across the three months as well as greater capacity in the UK.

Of all the electricity produced by wind, 42% was produced by offshore projects. Offshore production increased 39% - or 1.1TWh year-on-year whilst onshore increased 2.2TWh (68%).

The figures were released hours after the UK Conservative Party pledged to end onshore wind power subsidies for new projects if they are reelected with a majority government at the 2015 general election.

The party's energy minister Michael Fallon said: "The next Conservative government will end any additional bill-payer subsidy for onshore wind and give local councils the decisive say on any new wind farms."

Trade body RenewableUK's chief executive Maria McCaffery criticised the announcement: "When it comes to something as important as guaranteeing the security of the UK's future energy supply, the British public deserve better than ill-considered, short-term policy making on the hoof like this," she said.

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