Wind power energy increases 24 per cent in 4th quarter

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Over 10 TWh of energy was produced by wind farms in 2010, representing 7.7 per cent year-on-year growth. This is the first time that UK wind farms have produced more than 10 terawatt hours (TWh) in a single year.

The latest projections show another 3GW of power to be added by 2012. The Department of Energy and Climate Change show that compared to Quarter 4 in 2009, the contribution of wind turbines to the UK's energy supply is up by 24 per cent.

The increasing number of renewable energy projects scheduled for the future is expected to put pressure on energy suppliers to drop their prices.

Alex Murley, RenewableUK's Head of Technical Affairs, said: "The contribution of wind turbines in 2010 to the UK's electricity supply was almost 3 times that of hydro, totalling over 10 terawatt hours. This is sufficient electricity for well over 2 million homes. In terms of Quarter 4 2010 all indicators point to the fact that wind delivered a record contribution of electricity to the grid, both 20% higher than Q3 2010 and 24% higher than the comparable Quarter of 2009."

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