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UK ‘one of the best’ for wind energy

Out of 30 countries ranked for renewable energy, UK nets sixth place

wind power windmill generator green renewableThe UK ranks among the top countries in the world when it comes to wind energy, it has been revealed.

Of the 30 different countries ranked in the renewable and conventional energy sectors, the UK has ranked in sixth place.

The Energy Investment Map research, which was conducted by PA Consulting Group, revealed the UK’s ranking was boosted due to investment in onshore and offshore wind.

These two technologies received the highest mark possible (150+ points) when it came to investment potential.

In terms of conventional energy, however, the UK’s ranking was lower, with the nation coming 12th.

Mark Livingstone, energy expert at the organisation, commented: “Global investors and international funds are showing significant interest in the UK’s energy infrastructure assets, largely due to the planned closure of existing thermal and nuclear generation and the policy support for new low-carbon options offered by the energy bill, which has now completed its passage through the House of Commons.”

UK has wind resource in abundance

He added that while wind is certainly not the only low-carbon option, the UK clearly has this resource in abundance.

It was noted that among the things that helped the UK to attract investment was the 630 megawatt London Array offshore wind farm, as well as Scotland’s aim of becoming 100% renewable by the year 2020.

China, Sweden and Denmark were the top three of the renewable energy index, and with Austria and the Philippines rounding out the top five. Meanwhile, the Arabian Peninsula is also thought to be improving significantly.

Singapore is at the other end of the spectrum due to its reliance on gas and little interest in renewables.

This comes after trade body RenewableUK and energy minister Michael Fallon urged the UK to seize its “once in a generation” opportunity to attract investment and create jobs by embracing the wind energy sector.

  • JoeThorpe1963

    What a load of tut, the generation requires massive subsidies that are passed onto consumers who are more than happy with coal fired generation of which we have hundreds of years of capacity. Wind today is generating less than 2% of total generation requirements because we have minimal levels of wind! Offshore wind gets 150% of the amount paid to coal fired power generators & we all have to pay for it. Being Green is not an option despite the fact that the country isn’t interested in it at all, after all they only elected 1 Green MP to parliament