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Record wind power levels as new research shows clear majority back wind energy projects near them

9 December 2014

 RenewableUK was today celebrating a new daily record amount of electricity generated from wind. Official National Grid figures showed that on Sunday 7th December an average of 7.315GW of power was produced by wind farms. The previous record was 7.234GW. This means that the equivalent of 43% of all GB homes were powered by wind on Sunday.

RenewableUK also commented on research carried out by Accent for the Energy Institute and New Power Magazine which showed that 61% of people would accept a wind turbine, or several turbines, within five miles of their home. The research, which was carried out in November, among householders throughout the UK, found that only 24% of people would welcome a gas extraction site with possible fracking near them, and just 18% backed local nuclear. The only technology with more popular support than wind was solar PV.

The survey also showed that 54% of UKIP voters, and 57% of Conservative voters support wind energy within 5 miles of their home, despite the leaders of their parties opposing onshore wind.

Commenting on the record and research, RenewableUK Director of External Affairs Jennifer Webber said: “This research shows the majority of people welcome wind turbines near them, and no wonder when they’re providing clean, domestic power when it’s needed most like on cold December Sundays. The research findings chime with the constant two thirds support people express for onshore wind. Yet despite voters from across the political divide clearly showing that they want more wind power, it continues to be blocked. It’s time for politicians to get real and show support for the technology which currently powers over six and a half million homes for 5p a day on the average household bill”.

Notes:

1. National Grid statistics provided by independent data analysts EnAppSys http://www.enappsys.com. This includes National Grid estimates for embedded wind (turbines feeding into local networks). The previous record of 7.234GW was set on 3rd January 2014.

2. Research findings are taken from Energy Policy Research Report, November 2014, undertaken by Accent for New Power Magazine, in conjunction with the Energy Institute.

3. Figures on homes powered can be found here: http://www.renewableuk.com/en/renewable-energy/wind-energy/uk-wind-energy-database/figures-explained.cfm

4. Further information on support for wind energy on the average household bill can be found here:

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2014-03-11a.190267.h&s=michael+fallon+wind#g190267.r0

 

 

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