06 Jan '12, 4am

@ecotricity reports surge in wind energy output

Ecotricity has revealed it produced 18 per cent more energy last year, largely as a result of stronger winds. The independent utility yesterday revealed that it produced almost 123.8 gigawatt hours (GWh) from a fleet of 51 turbines in 2011, compared with 104.6 GWh from the same fleet in 2010. FURTHER READING Vestas shares plunge to eight-year low after latest profit warning Scotland hails latest giant wind farms as SSE tops 1GW of capacity The company also installed two more turbines last year, taking its total output to 129.4 GWh. But while homes and businesses struggle to cope with storms that have battered the UK this week, Ecotricity said it has had no problems as a result of strong winds. As a safety mechanism, wind turbines shut down when speeds get too strong. However, a spokesman from Ecotricity told BusinessGreen that all of its turbines had weathered the recent s...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2135520/strong-winds...

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