Wind energy is making promising progress in the UK
By Cynthia Taylor
Wind energy in the UK has made phenomenal progress during 2012, this is according to annual Small and Medium Wind UK Report, this is the seventh such report from RenewableUK.
The Report has shown that the UK had a record year during 2012, in terms of wind energy, market value, as well as production. The UK has grown more aggressive with their interest in renewable energy over recent years and are now focusing heavily on solar and wind in order to attain their sustainable and environmental goals.
Wind accounts for 102MW of UK's energy capacity
Wind energy projects are quite small in the UK compared to other countries, however, these project represent electrical power worth 102 MWh. Most of this capacity was installed in 2012 and consists of a variety of offshore and onshore projects that were installed all over the country. According to RenewableUK, this trend is expected to continue through to 2014, which will push wind energy to account for a greater part of the energy production in the future.
Economic prosperity aimed for through renewable energy
Just like other countries, the UK has shown that it has a strong interest in economic benefits that could be attained through adopting renewable energy. One of the top priorities in the country is wind energy, this resource of renewable energy has access to an enormous expanse of sea territory, there are very strong wind currents from the sea which makes the ocean a viable source for wind energy. Ujp to date the UK accounts for the highest and largest number of wind energy projects offshore.
Rural areas could benefit from renewable energy
In the UK approximately 20% of the population reside in the rural areas and are subject to dubious connection to the National grid. Although power outrages are not common, it is known that the energy grid is getting older and with the higher demands on energy increasing, people will find that their access to reliable energy will fast diminish. Wind energy is a viable way of solving this problem.
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