Benefits of UK wind power

UK wind is playing an ever increasing role in providing the UK’s energy and in growing our economy through the supply chain.

Onshore Wind

  • Onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy currently available. If the UK is to meet our 2020 renewables targets and 2050 decarbonisation objectives, it will need to continue to play a role.
  • 19,000 people rely on the onshore wind industry for their employment
  • In 2013, 53% of renewable electricity was generated by on and offshore wind – a 30% increase on 2012.  In the first quarter of 2014, nearly 20% of all the UK’s electricity mix was generated by renewables.  The UK’s currently operational resource is enough to power the equivalent of 3.803 million homes per year.
  • Government figures state 70% of people support the development of onshore wind, 77% support the development of offshore wind. 
  • For every MW of installed onshore wind, the local community gains £100,000 of benefit through local contracts, rents and other benefits.

Offshore wind

The UK’s strong winds, long coastline and shallow waters make our country a world-leading destination for offshore wind.

As of July 2013, the UK has more offshore turbines operating than the rest of the world – over 1000 turbines with a combined capacity of 3.6GW.

In 2020/21, the UK offshore wind industry could deliver around £7bn benefit to the UK economy and support over 30,000 full time equivalent UK jobs. By 2030, the UK Government estimates that offshore wind could increase our net exports by £7-18bn.

Last updated: 2014-10-28 16:56