RENEWABLES: Green energy revolution?

January 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Record-breaking wind power output in December in the UK is providing confidence to the renewable energy sector and green campaigners in terms of what can be achieved in the future…

The UK experienced a record-breaking month for wind energy output in December 2013, according to industry org RenewableUK…

Non-profit campaigners calling for investment in green energy as both an economic and environmental benefit have received a boost following the record-breaking renewable energy output figures…

During a period of coastal gales more electricity was generated from wind power than in any other month says RenewableUK.

The amount of electricity generated in a week and the percentage of electricity supplied by wind in a single month, compared to other forms of power generation, also reached record highs…

During December 2,841,080 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity were generated by wind power for the National Grid. This is enough to power over 5.7 million British homes…

Over the course of the week starting Monday December 16, wind power generated a record 783,886 MWh: enough for 13 per cent of Britain’s total electricity needs for that week…

December 21 was a record daily amount of electricity production from wind power, 17 per cent of the nation’s total electricity demand that day…

Offshore wind capacity grew by a record 79 per cent in the 12 months, showing how fast things are progressing…

RenewableUK Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith says:

“This is a towering achievement for the British wind energy industry. It provides cast-iron proof that the direction of travel away from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewable sources is unstoppable…”

Green energy campaigners have kept up their arguments that sustainable energy is the long-term solution for energy needs and investment in green technology and output can also support employment growth; eventually bring energy prices down for the consumer; as well as protect the environment by limiting fossil fuel energy production…

RenewabledUK also reports in 2013 a 74 per cent increase in UK jobs in wind and marine energy since 2010…

A report in 2013 commissioned by the industry body also predicts that more than 70,000 jobs could be created over the next decade, nearly half of which would be in offshore wind farms…

It’s also being reported that record wind power across Europe has led to electricity prices falling in December, again showing the potential for consumers…

“…we are lessening our dependence on excruciatingly expensive imports of fossil fuels which have driven people’s fuel bills up. British wind energy is providing a better alternative – a stable, secure, cost-effective supply of home-grown power…” says Smith…

This is also combined with the long-term environmental benefits, including alleviating the negative impact of climate change…

In December the UK government announced around £40 billion of investments is now expected to go into renewable electricity generation projects…

The UK expects to double the amount of electricity generated from renewables from 15 per cent to over 30 per cent by 2020…

With the renewable energy revolution apparently taking shape, although not quickly enough for most environmental charities, the AIC (Association of Investment Companies) also reports the increased popularity of environmental funds…

A reminder that investments supporting environment sustainability – and generating economic benefits in return – are being shown to be compatible…

The Green Alliance, a UK registered charity, reports improving energy efficiency could reduce electricity bills by £10 billion a year…

The charity says incentivising energy efficiency and supporting home-grown clean-tech innovation is vital for future UK economic success…

Economies that don’t advance their own innovative environmental technology industries are likely to have to import more technology and pay too much for decarbonisation, it’s suggested…

Some countries are determined to capitalise on the expected benefits of long-term investments in renewable energy, with Denmark, for example, having announced plans to create 100 per cent renewable energy use with huge investment in wind farm, wave, etc…

Along with a huge reduction in oil and gas consumption…

According to WWF’s Climate Vision for 2050, if the correct tech infrastructure is put in place, renewable energy could provide 70 per cent of energy supply globally and that sourcing 100 per cent of our energy from renewable sources is entirely possible…

WWF calls for urgency and a massive scale up of renewable energy programmes…

As well as tackling the massive economic costs of problems associated with climate change – a future based on renewable energy is a humanitarian imperative say many campaigners, aiding sustainable development in poor countries and also providing a safe way of preparing for the inevitability of fossil fuel resources eventually running out…

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