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  way of generating electricity currently available. If the UK is to meet our 2050 decarbonisation objectives and the regular carbon budgets designed to get us there, it will need to continue to play a role.
  • Around 8,000 people rely on the onshore wind industry for their employment
  • In 2016 around 25% of all the UK’s electricity mix was generated by renewables and 25% of UK renewables came from onshore wind. 
  • Government figures state around 70% of people support the development of onshore wind, 77% support the development of offshore wind.
  • Onshore wind development can lead to improvements in the local environment through the habitat management plans which are required as part of planning permission. Typically these include improvements to local ecosystems to benefit target species.

 

Offshore wind

  • The UK’s strong winds, long coastline and shallow waters make our country a world-leading destination for offshore wind.
  •  The UK generates more electricity from offshore wind than anywhere else in the world with around 40% of the world’s installed capacity.
  • Around 3,000 people currently work in the British offshore wind sector.
  • 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.
  • Offshore wind costs are falling fast as the sector matures with reductions of around a third since 2012.

 

Battery storage

  • Vattenfall is developing the UK’s largest battery storage project co-located at a renewables site. Our 22MW lithium-ion battery is being built on the site of the 228MW Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in South Wales.
  • The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission estimates that smart power, mainly storage and interconnection, could save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030.
  • Our battery project will provide frequency balancing to the national grid to keep the system stable and secure. Whilst these services have been provided by traditional generators for many years, developments in battery technology mean that projects like our’s can respond to changes in frequency within a second, faster than before.
Last updated: 2014-10-28 16:56