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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Energy secretary hails renewable achievement

RENEWABLE energy is powering forward, according to government figures.

The Renewable Energy Roadmap shows significant progress in the rollout of renewable energy from July 2011 to July last year.

Energy secretary Edward Davey’s report shows a 27 per cent increase in the amount of renewable energy generated – now just over 10 per cent of all energy generated comes from a renewable source and there has been a 60 per cent increase in offshore energy, taking the total generated from the likes of Vattenfall’s Ormonde Windfarm and the Walney Extension to 2.5 gigawatts .

The roadmap is part of the UK’s plans to help meet the European target of renewable energy accounting for 15 per cent of energy used by 2020.

Mr Davey said: “Renewable energy is increasingly powering the UK’s grid, and the economy too.

“It’s a fantastic achievement that more than 10 percent of our power now comes from renewables, given the point from which we started.

“Right now, getting new infrastructure investment into the economy is crucial to driving growth and supporting jobs across the country. I am determined that we get ahead in the global race on renewables and build on the big-money investments we’ve seen this year.”

John Hayes, energy minister, said: “Energy is crucial to our economic well-being, bringing in major investment and supporting jobs across the country. I firmly believe that a diverse energy mix is the best way to ensure our energy security. It is extremely encouraging that we have made such positive steps on renewable energy as part of that mix.”

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