"At long last we have now entered the phase of delivery," says the BWEA's Marcus Rand. "Two-thousand-and-three was the year of consents, two-thousand-and-four will be the year of build."
National energy policy and legislation is aimed at securing 10.4% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2010, with wind expected to contribute 8000 MW, or three quarters of the total within the next six years. The market is driven by a requirement on electricity supply companies to source increasing proportions of their supply from green power sources. The current Renewables Obligation (RO) is 4.3%, with total available renewables generation of only 3%. The government's horizon for setting percentage increments so far rests at 15% by 2010, with the BWEA lobbying for 20% by 2020. The RO is guaranteed in law to run until 2027.