Planned UK onshore wind capacity reaches record highs in 2023

To date, the UK has installed more than 14GW of onshore wind energy and has a pipeline of planned projects totaling 23GW. During the second quarter of 2023, there was the highest quarterly capacity submitted into planning so far, suggesting significant future growth of wind developments. This article examines these projects by analysing their

Wind capacity overtakes gas generation for ‘first time’ in GB, Drax says

Britain now has more installed wind capacity than gas generation, according to data released by Drax Electric Insights. The data, provided by Imperial College London for Drax, found that for the “first time ever” installed wind capacity surpassed gas, reaching 27.9GW in June compared to the 27.7GW installed capacity of gas generation. This represents a

Government could revoke onshore wind ban

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reportedly intends to revoke the ban on new onshore wind farms, according to an article published by The Telegraph yesterday (3 September). Under current planning rules, the development of a new onshore wind farm can be halted by the objection of a single resident. This de facto ban on onshore wind

Energy Storage Sector Gears Up For Explosive Growth

The International Energy Agency predicts that 440 GW of renewable energy will be added by the end of 2023, potentially leading to peak fossil fuel emissions by 2025. Energy storage is essential for balancing the variable nature of renewable sources like wind and solar, and the sector could add 387 GW of new capacity

Solar PV generation increased by 10% in 2022, says DESNZ

A Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) report has stated that solar photovoltaics (PV) increased its generation by 10% between 2021 and 2022. Solar PV generated 13.3TWh of electricity in 2022, an increase on the 12.1TWh generated in 2021. DESNZ stated that this increase was driven by longer average sunlight hours and

Government handed petition to end “senseless ban” on onshore wind

The UK Government has received a petition with almost 12,000 signatures calling to end the “senseless ban” on onshore wind farms in the UK. The petition was handed to Rishi Sunak by Sam Richards, a former advisor on energy and environment advisor for the Prime Minister. Pro-growth campaign group Britain Remade – set up by

UK opens national robotics centre for offshore wind

The Digital, Autonomous and Robotics Engineering (DARE) Centre at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s testing facility in Blyth, UK, has officially been opened. The £3 million ($1.2 million) DARE Centre, is a first-of-its-kind and will provide an opportunity for developers, researchers and the wider industry to test, demonstrate and commercialise innovative digital and robotic

Wind generates more electricity than gas in Britain for first time

Drax has confirmed that Britain’s vast wind power resources generated more electricity than gas in the first three months of 2023. According to the power generation business, almost a third (32.4%) of Britain’s electricity was generated from wind power outpacing gas, which delivered 31.7%, for the first time in the country’s history, Drax Electric Insights

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