Wind power is the UK’s leading renewable technology

Government statistics show that wind power is the UK’s most popular source of renewable energy technology.

In a new report findings from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveal that wind accounts for almost half of the UK’s renewable energy.

The encouraging results boost further findings that in 2009 renewables contribution to electricity supply reached its highest rate ever.

The figure is currently at 8.6 per cent, and if generation like this continues than the country could be on course to reach its 2020 targets.

Consumers choice to install renewable technology in their home in order to generate their own electricity supply has certainly benefited from the Government’s Feed-In Tariff. As well as wind, solar power has also proved a popular choice for consumers, with 7835 registered works under photovoltaic from July 1 – September 30, 2010.

Alex Murley, head of technical affairs at RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries, said: “These results have two important implications: we are now within reach of 10 per cent of electricity from renewables, having had around two per cent a decade ago. The renewables industry has managed to deliver a five fold increase in actual units delivered to consumers since 2001. Secondly, this gives us confidence that, with the right policy support, we can deliver on our 2020 targets. There are no technological barriers to having a third of our electricity from renewables in the next 10 years – it is perfectly doable.”

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