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Renewable energy on the rise in the UK

Renewable energy continues to go from strength to strength in the UK, according to the latest government report, which paints a promising picture.

The figures, released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of its Renewable Energy Roadmap, indicate that there was a 27 per cent increase in the overall amount of renewable electricity generated in the UK between July 2011 and the same month this year.

During the same period, a 40% increase was observed in renewable energy capacity, meaning a tenth of all electricity is now generated by renewables.

Solar power to the people

Furthermore, the past year has witnessed a five-fold increase in solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, while offshore wind capacity has increased by 60% to 2.5 gigawatts.

Over the last 12 months, the cost of almost every renewable technology has fallen, with solar PV alone decreasing by 50% and being identified as a ‘key technology’ by the government.

According to the coalition, the Renewable Energy Roadmap shows that the country is on track to meet its goal of sourcing 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020.

More work to do

Energy secretary Ed Davey said that renewable energy not only powers the National Grid, but the economy as well, though more needs to be done to maintain momentum.

“Right now, getting new infrastructure investment into the economy is crucial to driving growth and supporting jobs across the country. I am determined that we get ahead in the global race on renewables and build on the big-money investments we’ve seen this year,” he added.

Energy minister John Hayes echoed the sentiments, stating that a diverse energy mix will be the best way to ensure the nation’s ‘energy security’.

“It is extremely encouraging that we have made such positive steps on renewable energy as part of that mix,” he added.

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