The future of UK wind

With 20% of the UK’s energy generation due to shut down in the next decade and increasing global energy uncertainty, the UK needs significant investment in new, clean and home-grown sources of energy production all the lowest cost to the consumer.

On and offshore wind is already playing a crucial role in meeting the UK’s electricity needs. By 2020, UK wind should be meeting a quarter of our electricity needs. According to the Government’s advisors, the Committee on Climate Change, UK wind will play a growing role in the UK’s energy mix into the 2020s.

What will the UK wind industry look like in the 2020s?

Falling costs

The cost to the consumer of UK wind will continue to fall and the UK wind industry is committed to working together and with Government to achieve this.

  • The UK onshore wind industry is confident that it will be the cheapest form of new energy generation by 2020. 
  • The UK offshore wind industry is committed to reducing its costs by 30%

 

Costs will continue to fall into the 2020s, with the ultimate aim for UK wind to compete on a level playing field with fossil fuels.

More UK jobs created

UK onshore already supports over 19,000 UK jobs and provides nearly £200million directly to the Government (2011). Offshore has the potential to support over 30,000 full time equivalent jobs in the UK by 2020/21.

With the right investment conditions, UK wind will continue to create UK jobs and value for the British economy into the 2020s.  It has been estimated that UK offshore wind could increase UK net exports by £7-£18bn by 2030.

Technological developments

UK wind will continue to innovate. UK offshore leads the world in technological innovation, crucial to cutting costs for the consumer. Projects are now being built further away from shore and in deeper waters, requiring increased innovation and reliability.

One area of innovation has been in turbine size – in 2008, turbines produced an average of 2.7MW. In 2014, 7 and 8MW turbines are being tested.

Community ownership

On average, a UK onshore wind farm contributes £100,000 per MW installed to the local community. The UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments are all committed to ensuring all in the community are able to share in the benefits of renewable development through new options for Community Benefit Funds and Shared Ownership.

Last updated: 2014-10-15 09:27