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Here are the top 10 facts on the industry the energy minister pretty much wants to end

A new report from trade association RenewableUK has painted a bright picture of the UK's wind power sector, including a major upswing in approval rates for new onshore projects. Here, BusinessGreen outlines its key findings and recommendations: 1. Wind power is booming - There was 6.9GW of total operational wind farm capacity by the end of June this year, with a further 4.2GW in construction and 5GW with planning consent. 2. Wind is to provide a 10th of UK electricity - If current levels of growth continue, wind energy capacity will reach 13.5GW by the end of 2013, delivering 10 per cent of the UK's electricity needs. 3. Councils are saying 'yes' to onshore wind - Wind farms have finally bucked the downward trend in planning approval rates. For the first time in five years, the amount of UK capacity being approved at a local level has increased instead of decreased. 4. Pla...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/analysis/2220998/top-10-u...

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