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Wind Power

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of the United Kingdom's energy needs are generated by wind power; and how many wind turbines are operating in the UK. (309075)

In 2008 1.8 per cent. of UK electricity generation was from wind power1. Provisional figures for the first three quarters of 2009 indicate that in this period 2.2 per cent. of electricity generated in the UK was from wind2.

The following table sets out the number of operational wind turbines in the UK as at November 2009. In addition, it is estimated that there are approximately 12,000 micro-wind turbines in the UK.

1Source:

Table 5.6 Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2009

(http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/publications/dukes/dukes.aspx).

2Source:

Table 5.1 Energy Trends

(http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/source/electricity/electricity.aspx).

Onshore

Offshore

Total

Greater than 50kW

2,617

1207

2,824

Less than 50kW

225

n/a

225

Total

2,842

207

3,049

1Does not include the Beatrice offshore wind demonstrator project which is outside UK territorial waters. Source: AEA Technology.