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Renewable Energy

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the electricity generating capacity of installed I wind power, (b) solar photovoltaics and (c) geothermal technologies in the UK was in each of the last five years (i) in total and (ii) broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. (192945)

The available information is as shown in the following table. Regional data on a consistent basis are not available before 2003. In 2006 Scotland had 48 per cent. of the capacity to generate from wind, Wales had 18 per cent., the north west of England 7½ per cent., the east of England 6 per cent. and Northern Ireland 5½ per cent with the remaining 15 per cent. shared between the other seven English regions. While the overall growth in the capacity to generate from wind between 2003 and 2006 was 163 per cent. some regions experienced very big increases because they began from very low levels while increases in other regions were more modest.

Installed capacity of sites generating electricity from wind and solar photovoltaics, 2003 to 20061

MW

2003

2004

2005

2006

Wind

England

164.1

238.1

364.6

531.9

East Midlands

1.3

2

6.1

54.6

East

8.8

67.3

89.2

119.7

North East

16.3

36.0

30.7

33.8

North West

57.2

55.8

63.8

149.0

London

3

3

2

2

South East

1.7

2

93.4

93.4

South West

43.9

43.9

45.1

45.2

West Midlands

3

3

2

2

Yorkshire and the Humber

35.0

35.1

36.2

36.3

Wales

232.3

230.9

329.8

359.0

Scotland

308.3

412.0

746.5

946.5

Northern Ireland

37.9

45.2

117.5

110.2

Other sites4

3

7.5

3.6

3.7

Micro wind generation

5

5

3.6

3.8

UK total6

742.7

933.7

1,565.5

1,955.0

Solar photovoltaics7

6.0

8.2

10.9

14.3

1 At the end of December each year.

2 Data cannot be shown because of the small number of sites providing information for these cells. Instead the data are included under “other sites” (see note 4).

3 Nil or less than half the final digit shown.

4 “Other sites” are sites that have not been attributed to a region so that data related to individual companies are not disclosed.

5 Not available

6 Includes 0.5 MW of shoreline wave.

7 The solar photovoltaics figure for 2006 was revised in December 2007.

Note:

Components may not add exactly to totals because of rounding.

Sources:

Energy Trends September 2007, pages 16 to 25. Tables 2, 5a, 6a and 7a of 'Renewable energy in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England in 2006'.

The estimated UK generating capacity of solar photovoltaics and micro wind generation are not available broken down by region. There is only one site using the energy from geothermal sources in the UK and this does not generate electricity.