Jim Smyth, CEO at Airsynergy, comments on the necessity to generate renewable energy in the 21st century, and how revolutionary wind turbine technology can change power production for the better.
The UK has experienced strong progress with regards to their renewable credentials. According to a report by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), low carbon generation has increased from 37 per cent to over 45 per cent from 2014 to 2015. This is due to an increase in nuclear and renewable energy generation.
Decrease in fossil fuels, increase in renewables
While many coal plants have succumbed to closures and conversions, decreasing its energy generation by 7 per cent, renewable energy sources such as wind, solar farms, hydroelectric dams and biomass accounted for 25 per cent of the UK’s electricity generation in 2015. Wind power has demonstrated a particularly significant increase, rising by over 26 per cent. This investment in renewable technologies such as wind power only looks set to increase further over the next year, following the former Chancellor George Osborne’s allocation of £730 million towards auctions to back renewable energy projects and their consequent infrastructure in his 2016 Budget.
Wind energy generation, whether that be onshore or offshore is incredibly crucial, not only in lowering carbon emissions, but also in easing the dependency on coal and gas for energy. According to a 2014 report commissioned by RenewableUK, coal imports were reduced by an estimated 4.9 million tonnes in 2014, and gas by 1.4 million cubic metres.
Not only does wind power provide the obvious environmental benefits, but wind energy is also contributing to reducing fossil fuel import dependence, and this contribution will increase as wind power’s dominance continues to grow. This increasing investment in wind power acts as an insurance policy against unstable gas and electricity prices.
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