28 Mar '13, 2pm

U.K. renewable power generation surged 20 percent last year, boosted by new offshore wind farms,

Power from waste, biomass, the wind, the sun and hydro plants rose to 41.1 terawatt-hours in 2012 from 34.4 terawatt- hours a year earlier, the department said today in a report on its website. The proportion of total electricity from renewables rose to 11.3 percent from 9.4 percent. “The largest absolute increase in generation was from offshore wind,” the department said. “This was largely due to increased capacity.” The U.K. aims to get 30 percent of its electricity from clean sources by 2020 as part of efforts to meet an EU target of deriving 15 percent of all energy, including for heat and transportation, from renewables. Offshore wind power rose to 7.5 terawatt-hours from 5.1 terawatt hours, driven by capacity additions, according to the report. SSE and RWE AG’s Npower unit in September said that all 140 turbines at the 500-megawatt Greater Gabbard offshore farm in th...

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